Cloud scratchers and other such nonsense

...Do you though?

…Do you though?

I love words. I’m a bit of a nerd like that.
I love words and languages. Ooh, and translating.
What I seriously love though are ‘literal translations’, and the nonsense that ensues when one translates literally.
For example, in German, skyscrapers are called Wolkenkratzer, which literally translates to cloud scratchers. Trés cute, right?
So I decided to compile a little list of literal translations, because it’s Wednesday after all, and everyone needs a mid-week smile 🙂

Irish:
freckles póigíní gréine. Literally: little sun kisses
I’m happy Tá áthas orm. Literally: there is happy on me

German:
gloves Handschuhe. Literally: shoes for your hands
Santa Weihnachtsmann. Literally: Christmas man
For God’s sake Himmel, Arsch und Zwirn. Literally: sky, ass and thread
I couldn’t care less Es ist mir wurst. Literally: it is me sausage

Spanish:
you’d make a better door than a window La carne de burro no es transparente. Literally: the flesh of the donkey is not transparent

And that’s today’s language lesson concluded! Remember, WORDS.ARE.FUN but only if you use them wisely!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kuehnetranslates
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 14:00:37

    Yeah! Why the hell isn’t it socks for your hands…would make a whole lot more sense. Do you know this site :http://wordsmith.org/
    They have a newsletter where they send you a word a day, a definition and its origin. It’s really interesting 🙂

    Reply

    • clairebear2013
      Feb 22, 2013 @ 14:05:37

      In fairness hand-socks would be more logical than hand-shoes! ^^ I haven’t used that website before, but it sounds cool, so I’ll pop over there now and check it out! Thanks for the link! 🙂

      Reply

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