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Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"It's a worm!"
"No, it's a lion!"
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 1:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do "worm" and "lion" refer to real animals? Symbols? Pictures? Drawings?
Is that a conversation between two persons? Age, sex, location relevant?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do "worm" and "lion" refer to real animals? Symbols? Pictures? Drawings? No to all.
Is that a conversation between two persons? Yes. Age, Yesish. sex, No. location relevant? Yes.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Let's call them Thom and John :-)
Are they the same age?
For each of them: children? teenagers? adults?
What is relevant in the location? Country? City? Concrete location (ex. house, school, market, etc.)?
Are "worm" and "lion" words from a sort of code between Thom and John?
Do Thom and John give the same meaning to these two words?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Let's call them Thom and John :-) <b>Okay.<7b>
Are they the same age? Yes.
For each of them: children? This. teenagers? adults?
What is relevant in the location? Country? This. City? Concrete location (ex. house, school, market, etc.)? This sort of location os relevant as well.
Are "worm" and "lion" words from a sort of code between Thom and John? No.
Do Thom and John give the same meaning to these two words? Yope.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 5:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they on a farm? In a rural town? Do "worm" and "lion" refer to the same thing? Are Thom and John trying to identify something? Describe something?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they on a farm? Yes. In a rural town? Do "worm" and "lion" refer to the same thing? Yes. Are Thom and John trying to identify something? Noish. Describe something? Sort of.
Fermat1601 (Fermat1601)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 8:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the thing a physical object? A farm tool? A building? An unfamiliar thing from the city?

Is the language they are speaking relevant?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Is the thing a physical object? Yes. A farm tool? A building? An unfamiliar thing from the city? No to the rest.

Is the language they are speaking relevant? Yes.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it an Indo-European language? If so, is it: Indo-Iranian? Greek? Romance? Germanic? Baltic? Slavic?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Is it an Indo-European language? If so, is it: Indo-Iranian? Greek? Romance? Germanic? This - beware of FA though. Baltic? Slavic?
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Are they both speaking the same language?
Can we say that Tom speaks X and John speaks Y?
Is X:
West Germanic? If so: German? Dutch? Frisian? English? Scots?
North Germanic? If so: Danish? Swedish? Norwegian: Nynorsk? Bo*kmal? Icelandic?
Same questions for Y.
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they both speaking the same language? No, that was the FA.
Can we say that Tom speaks X and John speaks Y?
Is X:
West Germanic? If so: German? Dutch? Frisian? English? Scots?
North Germanic? If so: Danish? Swedish? Norwegian: Nynorsk? Bo*kmal? Icelandic?
Same questions for Y.
Thom speaks Swedish, and is calling it a worm. John speaks Norwegian, and is calling it a lion.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it go something like this:
English "worm" in Swedish is "qwerty"
Norwegian "qwerty" in English is "lion" ?
Or are "worm" and/or "lion" Swedish or Norwegian words?
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Does it go something like this:
English "worm" in Swedish is "qwerty"
Norwegian "qwerty" in English is "lion" ?
Or are "worm" and/or "lion" Swedish or Norwegian words?
No. It is not a play on words in any way,
and you'll probably have more luck if you try to identify "it".
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Is "it" found in the city? Is it human-made? Does it use electricity? Is it edible?
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Is "it" found in the city? Not primarily. Is it human-made? Does it use electricity? Is it edible? No to the rest.
Balin (Balin)
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Do the Swedish word for "worm" and Norwegian word for "lion" sound the same? Are they the same word?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do the Swedish word for "worm" and Norwegian word for "lion" sound the same? Are they the same word? No to all.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is "it" alive? A plant? A crop? A flower?
Is it a geographic feature? Is it a natural resource?
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Is "it" alive? A plant? A crop? A flower? This.
Is it a geographic feature? Is it a natural resource?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 11:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dictionary: LÝveblomst (lion flower) is a word in Norwegian. Relevant?
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Dictionary: LÝveblomst (lion flower) is a word in Norwegian. Relevant? Yes, but it's actually LÝvetann (lion's tooth).
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Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 3:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there a similar word for a flower in Swedish that means "worm's something"? So they're trying to figure out what kind of flower it is? And one thinks it's a "worm's something", while the other thinks it's a "lion's tooth"?
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Is there a similar word for a flower in Swedish that means "worm's something"? So they're trying to figure out what kind of flower it is? And one thinks it's a "worm's something", while the other thinks it's a "lion's tooth"?

****SPOILER****
A Swedish and a Norwegian kid are arguing about a dandelion. It's called "lÝvetann" (lion's tooth) in Norwegian, and "maskros" (worm-rose) in Swedish.
Similar words that mean different things are also fun. For example, the word for glass in Norwegian is that for ice cream in Swedish. And a Swedish slang word for beer sounds the same as the Norwegian word for poop.

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