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Lizzern
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 Message 9 of 50
17 January 2014 at 8:58pm | IP Logged 
daegga wrote:
dass
Norwegian for (public/outdoor) toilet

from German 'das Häuschen' (the small wooden "house" around the hole you shit in :) )


Be careful with this one :-) Some people might think it's a bit... crass I guess? But some people use it, mostly about bathrooms in a normal house. It's a totally normal word for teenage boys. I wouldn't use it around a friend's grandma... Or ever, now that I think about it... It's kinda like our equivalent of "the crapper".

If you're looking for a public toilet in a mall or something, or asking for the bathroom at someone's house, you would usually use toalett, or do. Don't ask the staff where the "dass" is. I would use utedo for those small wooden houses that still exist near some cabins, but utedass is also used. (It's rare that people actually use those though! They're just... there.)

This might be the weirdest topic I've written a post about on this forum lol.

Liz

Edited by Lizzern on 17 January 2014 at 9:01pm

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Medulin
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 Message 10 of 50
17 January 2014 at 9:57pm | IP Logged 
sömn -en (the) sleep

    falla i sömn – fall asleep
    gå i sömnen – sleepwalk

Edited by Medulin on 17 January 2014 at 10:00pm

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Aquila123
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 Message 11 of 50
18 January 2014 at 12:31am | IP Logged 
Norwegian (and Danish?)

støvsuge - clean with a vacuum cleaner
støvsuger - vacuum cleaner

Swedish:

dammsuga - clean with a vaccum cleaner
dammsugare - vacuum cleaner

Litteraly the these verbs mean dust-suck.

They are examples of so-called noun incorporation which is a productive feature of the Scandinavian languages.

But verbs with an incorporated noun that are used frequently often get lexicalized with a more specific meaning, like these words.


Edited by Aquila123 on 18 January 2014 at 12:32am

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leroc
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 Message 12 of 50
21 January 2014 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
Snart feels like a good word for today, it is 'soon' in Norwegian. For some reason I didn't know it.. I saw it on an advertisement on NRK TV in my dorm and looked it up so I figure I'd share it.
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 Message 13 of 50
22 January 2014 at 6:03pm | IP Logged 
     
vemod (-et) = longing, saudade (port.), Sehnsucht (germ)., añoranza/morriña (sp.)

Edited by Medulin on 22 January 2014 at 6:29pm

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 Message 14 of 50
22 January 2014 at 7:49pm | IP Logged 
Medulin wrote:
      
vemod (-et) = longing, saudade (port.), Sehnsucht (germ)., añoranza/morriña (sp.)


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's a very specific kind of longing, the one were
you think back in time and wish it were like that again (but it isn't and that makes you
a bit sad). The term in German is - surprise surprise - Wehmut :)
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leroc
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 Message 15 of 50
23 January 2014 at 4:24pm | IP Logged 
Frokost, which is the Norwegian word for breakfast. I kind of knew it earlier but I should make that an active vocab 'ord'.
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 Message 16 of 50
23 January 2014 at 7:03pm | IP Logged 
In Danish frokost is lunch, btw.


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