December 18th, 2007


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We were trying to come up with an appropriate English definition for "pituco" (Chilean Spanish) and I came up with "someone who is hoity toity." My students were fascinated by the -----y -----y construction. They said it made them sound like nonsense words. I said that there were other words in the English language with the same format, such as wishy washy and namby pamby, but then I couldn't think of any more examples.

Are there other words that follow the same pattern in English? What do they mean?
And is there a similar construct in other languages?

EDIT: Thought of another: willy nilly!
pixelated moi
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Christmas songs

I've been listening to Christmas songs in the background while goofing online. I do this via YouTube. Most of the songs I've been listening to have been in English and in Tagalog - as well as a few French and German songs here and there. I'm surprised I don't know any Spanish Christmas songs outside of Los peces en el río and Feliz Navidad.

Anyway, post YouTube links (preferably) to Christmas songs from your country. It can be modern or traditional, sad or happy, whatever.

Of, if you don't have time to search on YouTube, just suggest some titles for me to search.


Looking for a word.

I'm looking for a word. Is there one to describe the re-enactment, just after the fact, by miming, of a humorous event?

Example: My girlfriend and I had just gotten back into our apartment. We were taking off our coats. As I went to sit down on the chair to take off my boots, she tossed her coat onto the chair. I gave her an affronted/amused look. Because we found the situation amusing, she then made a throwing gesture towards the chair and said "fwoosh" to imitate the coat flying over the chair.

Now, people I know do this sort of thing all the time. It's a quick re-enactment of something humorous, typically in a physical way, and is accompanied by a simple sound effect and mime of the event. It seems to be a way to capture the humour of an event that passed by quickly.

Is there a word for this?
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French help: interrogative imperative sentences.

This might be a long shot, but I have to retake a French exam, and the last time I took it there was an exercise I couldn't solve which involved transforming sentences in four steps. The first one was changing the direct and indirect objects for pronouns, which is easy enough. Then we had to change the verb into the imperative, and then the negative imperative. I'm ok up to this point, but transformation number four was changing the result of number three into a question. How does an interrogative imperative negative sentence with two pronouns look like in French? I couldn't figure out how to do such a thing in Spanish, and I'm not even sure it exists in French, but it was what the exercise was asking us to do.

Thanks in advance!

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i apologize if i sound rather green, but i just recently (as of saturday, i suppose) graduated from university with a bachelor's in spanish. a bit of freelance translation work has landed in my lap, but the man with whom i have been in contact has asked for my "credentials" and curriculum vitae. as i have no "real" experience with anything to do with my degree aside from paper writing, i am a bit lost as to what i should provide him. my professor that approved my competency gave me her contact information, which i am assuming i should send the man... would he be looking for a list of references? i've written some rather long essays and research papers... but i've not translated, aside from tutoring in my school's language learning lab.

any insight would be appreciated.
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"Spinning woman" en français

Hello everyone! I just started a new job today and one of the men, upon learning that I had taken French, asked me how to say "spinning woman" in French. I've found a few words for spinning- but I don't know exactly how it would translate. Also, I have no context for this other than it's for the title of a play he's writing. I was hoping that some of the more french-savvy in this community could offer up some possible translations.

Generation terms and Sudanese Kinship system

I like learning about kinship in other cultures and have these questions:
Where can I find a list in order of a group of people, such as tribe, clan, phratry, mo??, etc.
Does anyone know of languages that use the Sudanese kinship system?
Or whether if other languages (aside Chinese) that have terms for different generations? (they have 10 names for generations before you and 10 names for generations after you).