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Re: Compound words from other languages
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 12:09:48 PM »
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Poop-chinese! I'm sorry but that is hilarious. It's like a nonsense word a four year-old came up with. (Which is actually a pretty good description of racism in general…)
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Re: Compound words from other languages
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2017, 12:39:26 PM »
Other interesting fact: "Portmanteau" is used in English for a newly created compound word, but in French it only means coat-rack (the litteral meaning of those two words). We use the term "mot-valise" (suitcase word) for what you call portmanteaus. Also the proper plural should be portemanteaux.
Slight amendment, portmanteau is not just any compound word its a compound word mad from parts of other words. lunch + breakfast = brunch not lunchbreakfast. 

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Re: Compound words from other languages
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2017, 01:15:26 PM »
My favorite Latin word is a compound word and a double-negative: nonnulli.  Literally it means "not-none," but its actual usage is "several."
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Re: Compound words from other languages
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2017, 01:17:47 PM »
To nobody's surprise, my contributions all come to you from French.

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