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Aug. 15th, 2010 | 11:39 pm
mood: tiredtired

Is it possible to propose new loanwords to be adopted into English? If so, I'd like to offer Formensprache: in art etc., literally, it'd be "language of forms" or "language of shapes"; that is, not just the specific shape, but the way shape and form are employed.

I think it'd make a nice one, just like "Zeitgeist" or "Schadenfreude" or "Weltschmerz".

So since there's (obviously) no top-down procedure to add new loanwords to a language... just go forth and use it. ^^

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Aug. 15th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I have never heard any of the other words, though, either.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 16th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
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Zeitgeist
Schadenfreude
Weltschmerz

:) There's quite a few more German loanwords in English, but many of the rest are rather more obscure.

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Sandwalker

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from: greytail
date: Aug. 16th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
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An interesting word -- it'd look great on a Scrabble board. I'd never heard of 'Weltschmerz' until now.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 16th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it's a terribly common one, although it's not the rarest German loanword, either. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that ones such a "Bildungsroman" or "Verfremdungseffekt" are even rarer, but it's difficult to say, and the line between "loanword" and "German term used due to a lack of an English word as of yet" is blurry at best, anyway.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
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Hmm, it's not quite "look and feel". The "feel" part isn't really there, and it's not just about the looks but also about how they are employed. It's the kind of thing that immediately makes you recognize a car's brand when you look at it, for example. Style, really.

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Eros Odin Cathexis

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from: eros_cathexis
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
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Trend setter. :D

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
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Trend setter?

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Eros Odin Cathexis

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from: eros_cathexis
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
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A trend setter is someone who initiates a change of some kind, whether it be fashion, vocabulary or something along those lines, as in "sets a trend"

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but I don't really see the relation (unless you mean to say that I'm one for suggesting a new loanword, in which case I'd be flattered). :)

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Eros Odin Cathexis

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from: eros_cathexis
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
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That was the point of my mentioning it. ;)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Yay! :D

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Eros Odin Cathexis

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from: eros_cathexis
date: Aug. 17th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I posted. :D

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Sandwalker

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from: greytail
date: Aug. 18th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
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As a random factoid, the word 'weltanschauung' (and its plural, 'weltanschauungs') is a valid word in English Scrabble, despite the incredible unplayability of the word. Nine-letter words are rarely played, ten-letter words even more so, but 11- to 15-letter words are nigh on impossible as a lot of their letters have to be already be in the right places. For this word, WELT, CHA and UN would have to be down already, in order to put A, N, S, U, G and S between them to form the complete word.

German -- helping to make Scrabble more interesting. :p

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 18th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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*s* Yeah. I wonder if anybody's ever actually been able to play that one...

(Also, "Weltanschauungs"? *shudders*)

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