ВАРФО (varpho) wrote in linguaphiles,
ВАРФО
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lost in translation

i'm not sure if it was discussed here earlier, if so, please point me to the thread.

in Polish, the word for 'elephant' ["słoń"] comes from Turkic word for 'lion': "aslan". and Polish word for 'camel' ["wielbłąd"] is thought to come from Gotic word for 'elephant': "ulbandus".

BTW:

in Hungarian, there was a movement for regeneration of the language ["nyelvújítás"] and a lot of word was coined then [in 18th and 19th century]. these neologisms were coined in many different ways: by derivation, composition, by using archaisms and dialectism, by making portmanteaux etc. but one category was especially brilliant: words that arose due to typographic errors. :] ["főveg", "kög", "minta", "nemtő", "sirám", "vezekelni"].

do you know similar examples in other languages?
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    I would be most grateful if anyone could help me out with a Spanish idiom, an expression appearing in a discussion of torture from the late 18th…

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