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Delodephius
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 Message 361 of 3735
11 February 2010 at 11:53pm | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
Albanian: budalla gjuhën
Croatian: jezik glupan

Actually these are opposites of nerd. Budalla (also in Serbo-Croatian budala) and glupan mean fools or ignoramuses, so being called a jezički glupan in Croatian would mean you can't speak a language.
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 Message 362 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 12:15am | IP Logged 
When it's student union election time at your university, and you laugh at the lame
slogans some of the candidates use to get votes. Then a few days later, you notice from
the distance that one of the candidates has posted 10 identical posters of himself
together, and think to yourself, "Wow desperate... oh wait... each of these is in a
different language! I'm voting for this dude!"
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Sprachprofi
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 Message 363 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 12:29am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
We are really the nerdiest word nerds on the internet, but we would
be even NERDIER if we knew how to declare our status in several languages. This is
somewhat lazy research from Google Translate, so please correct/add to the list if you
know the correct term!

I think I like Linguanerd the best! That would be a cool username.

Albanian: budalla gjuhën
Croatian: jezik glupan
Czech: Jazyk nerd
Estonian: keel nerd
Greek: nerd γλώσσα
French: langue nerd
Hungarian: Nyelv nerd
Afrikaans/Dutch: Taal nerd
Icelandic: Tungumál
Indonesian: bahasa aneh
Italian: lingua nerd
Japanese: 言語オタク
Danish: Sprog nerd
Irish: nerd teanga
Finnish: kieli moukka
German: Sprache nerd (one word looks better: Sprachenerd?)
Persian: زبان
Macedonian: јазик nerd
Romanian: Nerd limbaj
Russian: Язык NERD
Swahili: lugha nerd
Turkish: dil nerd


I really doubt these automatic translations. It looks like "nerd" was simply not found
in many of the dictionaries - not surprising considering there is no commonly-
understood word for it in German that I know of. I was translating a Paul Graham essay
about geeks and nerds for my father a while ago, and he certainly never heard of either
term. The closest we could come to a German equivalent was "Freak"...
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 Message 364 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 12:33am | IP Logged 
In Danish we have the word "Bogorm" (bookworm) for the special breed of nerd that delights in reading books
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 Message 365 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 1:53am | IP Logged 
You might be a language nerd when you daydream about foreign languages when you get bored in class.
Or when your watching a UFC fight and one of the fighters talks with a very thick accent, you wonder what his native language is. I'm pretty sure he was Brazilian..

Edited by Johntm on 12 February 2010 at 2:04am

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Levi
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 Message 366 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 3:49am | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
In Danish we have the word "Bogorm" (bookworm) for the special breed of nerd that delights in reading books

"Bookworm" is an English word too, with the same meaning.
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 Message 367 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 4:21am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
Iversen wrote:
In Danish we have the word "Bogorm" (bookworm) for the special breed of nerd that delights in reading books

"Bookworm" is an English word too, with the same meaning.
Hence why he put "bookworm" in parenthesis :)
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Levi
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 Message 368 of 3735
12 February 2010 at 8:49pm | IP Logged 
Sorry, I was really tired. :-/


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