Monthly Archives: March 2012

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Language, Quiz questions 14 Comments

To ginger up

The other day I came across the expression to ginger up in an English-French dictionary (it’s secouer or animer in French). Examples given include: – the ideal man to ginger up the chat show formula – Attempts to ginger up the tennis club’s social nights proved unsuccessful. The French word secouer is used in the […]

English, French, Language, Words and phrases 4 Comments

De-risking and de-scaling

The other day I heard a discussion on the radio (BBC Radio 4) in which the words de-risk and de-scale, cropped up. They caught my attention because I hadn’t come across them before. The context was the UK Sports Minister talking about the London Olympics, and he said, “As the project moves on it de-risks […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 7 Comments

Stookies, stucco and stalks

I heard the word stookie on the radio the other day as was mystyfied as the it’s meaning – the context didn’t help. Forunately the person who mentioned it explained that it’s a Scottish word for plaster cast – the kind of thing you might have on a limb if you facture a bone. It’s […]

English, Italian, Language, Scots, Words and phrases 4 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it is spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 9 Comments

Les courses

I discovered yesterday that French equivalents of ‘to go shopping’ or ‘to do the shopping’ are faire des courses or faire les commissions, which also mean ‘to run errands’. These expressions were new to me because when in French I’ve either stayed with families or in hotels and have never had to do or talk […]

English, French, Language, Words and phrases 8 Comments

Puzzling postcard

This is a message on postcard sent in by a visitor to Omniglot, who thinks the writing might be in Gujarati. Can anyone decipher it?

Language, Puzzles, Writing 4 Comments