English word of the week III
An acrobatic exercise in which the body rotates 360° around a horizontal axis with the feet passing over the head.
The variety that takes place on the ground is known as roll.
The word originates from an obsolete French word sobresaut, which in turn derived from the Latin combination supra (over) and saltus (jump).
In Latin, somersault is known as the "deadly jump". This is reflected in the name of the exercise in many European languages, which use different versions of the Italian salto mortale.
- saltomortale Danish
- salto German
- salto mortal Spanish
- salto Estonian
- salto or saut périlleux French
- Сальто Russian
- saltomortal Swedish
- salto Dutch
- saltomortale Norwegian
The Italians usually call a somersault capriola or capovolta. The Italian concept salto mortale, also used for somersault, has found its way into English in the meaning "a daring life-risking leap" or "a risky or crucial undertaking".
What is somersault called in your language? :)
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This is a word I wouldn't find easily without checking a dictionary, thank you!
Extra info! The most common Farsi word for it is پشتک /poshtak/ roll. A more informal word is کله معلق /Kalle Mallagh/ translates as "head float"!
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Thats awesome! I love the pictures!
What is it called in Finnish (or did I just miss that)? A roll is "kullerbytta"(from French "culbuter"!) in Swedish by the way.
Voltti. A roll is kuperkeikka. I could not find anything on the etymology. I assume the keikka part is related to keikahdus (upsetting balance). :)
I call the roll Purzelbaum - something like tumbling tree ;-) btw salto mortale is also common in German for somersault :)
The Polish word is also salto. If the girl used her hands (put them on the ground while having the legs up) it would be gwiazda - a star. The roll is przewrót. You could also use a colloquial word - koziołek, that is a diminiutive of kozioł - a goat. :)