https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quinnine

That's beautiful!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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I'm glad you like it!

1 year ago

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

Wow I like that etymology too :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Glues himself to you

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

Aw I feel so honoured :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Laughing I feel the same way. :-)

1 year ago

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

<3 :-)

1 year ago

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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 :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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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!)

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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)..

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/antonoverby
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Oh are you from Prague, where they have both the First and Second Defenestration of Prague?

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quinnine

That's right.

1 year ago

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That's one of my favorite nuggets of history.

1 year ago

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

lit

1 year ago

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

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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I like the word sporadic a lot too.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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 )

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evelyn739933

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Fietsenbandventieldopje! (Dutch)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahK7174
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What does that mean?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Bicycle tire valve cap! The Dutch language has some really long words, and this is just one of the cool ones. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/molnen
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I am Italian and some of my favourite words are "solenne" (solemn), "cuscino" (pillow), and "burro" (butter).

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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

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

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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenecxjoGoldberg

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenecxjoGoldberg

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

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

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

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

1 year ago

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

yours is also lit

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannahviolinist
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I like the words "food" and "sleep." :) Another word i like is "discombobulated." I hope that is how it's spelled...

1 year ago

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

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

1 year ago

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

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/mirmyr
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necrotizing fasciitis (heehee) --- yeah, two words but one thing.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/antonoverby
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I also love the word "caddywhompus"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenecxjoGoldberg

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/ShatteredStar
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That's funny! ;)

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klange05

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/antonoverby
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Native English here. I like the word "gnar" or "gnarly".

1 year ago

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

gnat

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https://www.duolingo.com/antonoverby
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"Gnu"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

My favorite word in English is 'wiener.'

1 year ago
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