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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quinnine

What's your favourite word in your native language?

I think I'll go with 'ponožka' (ponozhka) which means sock. Odd choice but it sounds, well, cool.

March 24, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I'm a native Farsi speaker, I love the word دوست /doost/ in Farsi, which means "friend" by itself. It's not a loanword. It can be used in an infinitive, دوست داشتن /doost daashatan/ which can mean "To like" or "To love" or both depending on the situation! The most common way to say I like/love you is "دوستت دارم" /doostet daaram/.
Reason: I've never seen a more beautiful etymology: Professor Dehkhoda, the author of The Dictionary, believes it comes from the stem "doos", meaning "glue, to stick". So when you love or like someone, you're closer to them, you stick to them, hug them and don't let them go!

(Edited to delete a non-critical part)

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quinnine

That's beautiful!

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I'm glad you like it!

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S._Brown

Wow I like that etymology too :)

March 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

Glues himself to you

March 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S._Brown

Aw I feel so honoured :-)

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

Laughing I feel the same way. :-)

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S._Brown

<3 :-)

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Q112358

That is a cool etymology! I have always wanted to learn Farsi, now seeing this, I really hope that the duolingo community decides to create a Farsi program :)

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

Glad to see you on the site, Ben! (Been quite a while!)
I'd be delighted and thrilled to see Farsi here! (I'd also gladly help you with Farsi!)

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Q112358

Thanks! When a have a free moment, I like to check discussions and see what my duolingo friends are up to. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between. Yeah, Farsi would be cool to see, as will Hindi and Arabic (hopefully someday)..

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheEeveeLord

Native English speaker.

Probably defenestrate, meaning "to throw (someone) out of a window." It's not a very well-known word, but it's a pretty cool one, in my mind.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quinnine

Oh, that's actually a word which came to life in my country! And in my lovely city, too. Since it's not a very well known place, this makes me feel somehow proud.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antonoverby

Oh are you from Prague, where they have both the First and Second Defenestration of Prague?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quinnine

That's right.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antonoverby

That's one of my favorite nuggets of history.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

lit

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S._Brown

I like the word "sporadic"... and also seraphic.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michisjourdi

I like the word sporadic a lot too.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hopeisnotlost

My native language is english...My favorite word is eccentric.Means (in relation to that of a person or their behavior) unconventional and slightly strange.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Francy-Chan

My favourite words in my native language are ( I'm italian ) :

1) Amico ( Friend )

2) Ciao ( Hello/Hi )

3) Destino ( Destiny )

4) Cielo ( Sky )

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pfirsch_

'Handschuhe' (which means glove) because it literally means 'Hand shoes' so I just end up thinking of people walking down the streets with shoes on their hands whenever I say/think of this word heh

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evelyn739933

my native language is english and I like the word 'lullaby'

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dutchesse722

Fietsenbandventieldopje! (Dutch)

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahK7174

What does that mean?

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dutchesse722

Bicycle tire valve cap! The Dutch language has some really long words, and this is just one of the cool ones. :)

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/molnen

I am Italian and some of my favourite words are "solenne" (solemn), "cuscino" (pillow), and "burro" (butter).

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michisjourdi

Native English speaker here and my favorite word is Juxtaposition. It means "the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect."

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

yo, bro that may be one of my new fav!

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Q112358

English speaking native here. Probably a tie between "willy-nilly" and "higgledy-piggledy". I love a lot of words in many languages, but these types of silly nonsensical rhyming words describing a strange concept are among my favorites.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenecxjoGoldberg

(in English since the 1930's) ... copacetic ( ! ) ---Keneĉjo

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenecxjoGoldberg

Q, Thanks for the 'cool' inspiration! (see above!) ---Keneĉjo

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahK7174

My native language is English also...my favorite word is "Sparkle".

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hopeisnotlost

Can I say favorite words?I like the word sparkle as well....

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannahviolinist

I think "sparkle" is one of those words that lose their meaning after you say them over and over. I could just be because i overthink things... I like your profile picture by the way.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

yours is also lit

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannahviolinist

I like the words "food" and "sleep." :) Another word i like is "discombobulated." I hope that is how it's spelled...

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

love that word too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S._Brown

ahaha I like the action and object just as much as you like the words :D

March 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mirmyr

necrotizing fasciitis (heehee) --- yeah, two words but one thing.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

I am English: I love the word Pulchritudinous (Pull-kruh-tood-nuss). It means amazingly beautiful, although the word itself sounds like a disease!!! Also the word Rose

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antonoverby

I also love the word "caddywhompus"

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenecxjoGoldberg

(in English) ... understanding ---Keneĉjo

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShatteredStar

That's funny! ;)

My native language is English. For some reason, I like the word path. It just sounds nice! :)

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klange05

My native language is also english. I have 3 favorites: Literally, vacuum , and radio. I don't know why,they just sound cool

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antonoverby

Native English here. I like the word "gnar" or "gnarly".

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.am.shakespeare

gnat

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antonoverby

"Gnu"

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dylan810535

in all my doulingo discussions ive said ive always liked french. ive always wanted to go their and well, i also think it sounds cool. and im really fluent in french already (pretty fluent but not so fluent because youve been on this for much longer)(im 12 percent in animals already(i started 3 days ago!!) merci beacoupe thank you very much

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

My favorite word in English is 'wiener.'

March 26, 2017
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