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Old 03-01-2013, 11:25 PM
 
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I saw a hot dog stand in Germany with a sign that says their hot dogs are "dick" (thick in German).
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I remember that 20-30 years ago at the side area of Helsinki was "Rape baari" (Baari=bar).
Rape is here short/nick-name from mans name and this bar was just normal lunch-bar...
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I saw a hot dog stand in Germany with a sign that says their hot dogs are "dick" (thick in German).
In German, 'Gift' means 'poison,' so all of the establishments in Pennsylvania Dutch country labeled 'Gift Haus' are rather alarming to actual Germans.

When my mom was studying in Berlin in the early 1960s, she tried to describe the 'mist' on the river but couldn't remember the German word , so she used the English one. 'Mist' means 'manure.'
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I remember that 20-30 years ago at the side area of Helsinki was "Rape baari" (Baari=bar).
Rape is here short/nick-name from mans name and this bar was just normal lunch-bar...
It's a lunch restaurant.

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Finland
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It's a lunch restaurant.
Yep,thats it but I could not find picture.
It seems to be still on business.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: SE UK
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Same language but different nationalities - in Australia 'thongs' apparently is a word they use for what Britain's would call 'flip flops (sandals that have that piece of material that passes between your big toe and 2nd toe) whereas in Britain 'thongs' are women's underwear that amount to not much more than a piece of string (hope you know what I mean). Imagine the look on the 'guides' face at Westminster Abbey when an Australian tourist asked if it would be OK to visit the Abbey wearing only 'thongs' :-)
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:10 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Same language but different nationalities - in Australia 'thongs' apparently is a word they use for what Britain's would call 'flip flops (sandals that have that piece of material that passes between your big toe and 2nd toe) whereas in Britain 'thongs' are women's underwear that amount to not much more than a piece of string (hope you know what I mean). Imagine the look on the 'guides' face at Westminster Abbey when an Australian tourist asked if it would be OK to visit the Abbey wearing only 'thongs' :-)
That reminds me, the Dutch word for thong is string (an English loanword).
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: SE UK
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That reminds me, the Dutch word for thong is string (an English loanword).
Interesting, what do the Dutch call the footwear that the British call 'flip-flops'?
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Interesting, what do the Dutch call the footwear that the British call 'flip-flops'?
Slippers (another English loanword)
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Finland
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That reminds me, the Dutch word for thong is string (an English loanword).
And that reminds me that because Finland have two official languages,Finnish and swedish, it happens once when I was working at harbour as an foreman and swedish ship came to the port, for loading timber.
Normally we speak english with ship crews but because it was swedish ship, I tought that maybe I will use swedish, for practising it little bit.
Timber is normally loading to the holds with slings and normally those slings are on holds, ready to lift to shore with crane before loading.
These loading slings are called "Stroppar" in swedish.
When I went to bridge, I noticed that there was quite nice woman as an mate or chief-officer and that was suprising me and because same time I was still thinking what language to use, I mixed letters and words quite badly....My first words to this woman was that "Good morning, before start loading, I need to have your strings to the shore"
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