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Postby Greebo 61 » August 23rd, 2005, 2:00 pm

Pretty_Blossom wrote:
Greebo - wooden recorder? I'd like to see one of those.

You have-Wizzard posted a picture of one :)
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Postby wizzard » August 23rd, 2005, 6:10 pm

Yes - that thing I posted up is called a recorder. Presumably just to confuse the non-native-English speakers.

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Postby Greebo 61 » August 24th, 2005, 9:22 am

Yes, it does seem like a pretty silly name! Though perhaps there's some good etymological reason. *goes to look for an explanation*

found one:http://etymonline.com/index.php?search=recorder&searchmode=or
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Postby cheery_littlebottom » August 24th, 2005, 2:56 pm

Thanks for that link, Greebo!
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Postby Greebo 61 » August 25th, 2005, 9:53 am

You're welcome. Isn't etymology fascinating?
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Postby cheery_littlebottom » August 25th, 2005, 11:48 am

Yes! It tells you so much about language and about the way people used to think at certain times and how that way of thinking changed.

One of my favourite examples: 'soon' used to mean 'right now', but obviously people so often said that they would do something now and then didn't that the meaning of the word changed into 'in the near future'. :D
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Postby Greebo 61 » August 26th, 2005, 11:16 am

Another one I find very interesting is "condescending"-if you read Jane Austen, it was used in a positive way, meaning a person if high rank who was willing to associate with people of a lower rank. Nowadays it has a much more negative meaning.
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Postby Pretty_Blossom » August 28th, 2005, 2:03 pm

ok... sorry - didn't know that one.
In hebrew we just call it חלילית - chalilit - which means small flute.

words sure do wander to weird places.
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Postby Ludwig » September 5th, 2005, 4:34 pm

I play guitar, both electric and acoustic
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Postby Isil » September 5th, 2005, 5:51 pm

cheery_littlebottom wrote:One of my favourite examples: 'soon' used to mean 'right now', but obviously people so often said that they would do something now and then didn't that the meaning of the word changed into 'in the near future'. :D


My favorite is the Finnish "pula", usually used in a sentences like "Olen pulassa", aka "I'm in trouble". Originally it meant a hole in the ice and "olla pulassa" (to be in a pula) meant literally that someone had dropped through a hole in the ice and was now desperatly pedalling in the cold water and trying to get back onto the ice. Nowadays it just simply means being in trouble.
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Postby Pretty_Blossom » September 6th, 2005, 9:46 am

That's definitly a northern word - we don't have anything with that meaning here. On the other hand we do have stuff that come from sand and migrate to all sorts of places.
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Postby The Unadulterated Cat » June 27th, 2006, 7:02 pm

I play flute, and piccolo. and a bit of piano. What I really want to learn how to play is the flugelhorn.
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