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Old 03-03-2013, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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The word for skin in Greek (Derma) is similar to a Russian slang word for faeces.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Germany
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In German, the word "geil" is synonymous for "cool" or "nice". In Dutch, the word "geil" is explicitly sexual and means "horny" or "sexually arousing". I always chuckle when I hear Germans say "that's so geil!"
BTW, in German "geil" can mean both things, cool and horny.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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A Dutch example that will probably get censored...

The verb for "to breed" (as in, to bring animals together for mating) is "fokken." According to legend, a Dutch prime minister whose hobby was horse-breeding once remarked to President Kennedy, "I fok horses." A bit taken aback, Kennedy is said to have answered, "pardon?" -- which sounds just like the Dutch word "paarden," meaning "horses." "Yes, paarden!" replied (allegedly) the Dutch PM.

And on the same topic, the French word for seal -- the aquatic pinniped -- is "phoque." When I was a little kid learning French, I would joyously toddle around the house saying "Phoque phoque phoque." When my parents objected I just told them I was practicing saying 'seal' in French.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:18 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Slippers (another English loanword)
... which is what they're called in Hawaii but nowhere else in the US that I know of.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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A Brazilian in the US may be amused to visit any restaurant advertising that it sells "Pita," since that is slang for women's genitalia in Brazil.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Vietnam's currency unit is, of course, the dong.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Europe
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Well I don't know in this moment, but one day I explained an American friend what Antigua and Barbuda means and it was funny: old and bearded. (in femenine)

Also a funny Spanish lesson:

Coger.
Spain= to take
Argentina= to f u c k.

Concha.
Spain= shell
Argentina= p-u-s-s-y
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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^ That reminds me of this:



Our Crown-Prince thought he'd make a good impression by ending his speech with a Spanish proverb. Apparently someone forgot to inform him of some subtle differences between Mexican Spanish and Argentinian Spanish
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Well I don't know in this moment, but one day I explained an American friend what Antigua and Barbuda means and it was funny: old and bearded. (in femenine)

Also a funny Spanish lesson:

Coger.
Spain= to take
Argentina= to f u c k
.

Concha.
Spain= shell
Argentina= p-u-s-s-y
That always creates funny situations between spanish people coming here and argentinians going there. Never fails,tbh.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Well I don't know in this moment, but one day I explained an American friend what Antigua and Barbuda means and it was funny: old and bearded. (in femenine)

Also a funny Spanish lesson:

Coger.
Spain= to take
Argentina= to f u c k.

Concha.
Spain= shell
Argentina= p-u-s-s-y
I remember when mi tio was teaching me Spanish at age 7 (he's from Spain) and I asked a woman who didn't speak any English if I could take something, and she looked at me strange so I asked her two more times. Then she just said "you're a crazy child" and walked off.
Tio later explained to me that in some countries, that's not something you generally do to inanimate objects.
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