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In Sweden the pig goes nöff-nöff: animaltopoeias we have known

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by wfgodot, Nov 18, 2014.

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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? (Guardian)
    It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully
    across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?


    the rest at link above

    mabuhay! hov hov!
     
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    [video=youtu;jofNR_WkoCE]http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE?list=RDjofNR_WkoCE[/video]
     
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    Snoofo New Member

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    Onomatopoeia. I love that word. And I love that I didn't need to look it up.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I hear ya. I remember when -- probably in about ninth grade -- I learned, in addition to meaning and pronunciation, how to spell it too. (Got similar 'cool beans' thrill in the same time frame doing likewise with Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.)
     

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