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  5. "Tuo rahka on herkullista."

"Tuo rahka on herkullista."

Translation:That quark is delicious.

July 19, 2020


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    Tasty should also be accepted


    Tasty (to me) is maybe a bit more like hyvää/ maistuvaa though - good, but not quite as good as herkullinen (which is not used all that often). But yeah, it could be accepted as well.


    to an American English speaker, "rahka" and "quark" are equally foreign words; it feels strange and unnatural to have to use the word "quark" in the translation instead of just saying "that rahka is delicious"


    Well, I've seen quark in the store. No rahka, though.


    As a friend described it to me, think of quark as 'curds' or 'yogurt'. Perhaps not the EXACT same thing, it gives a materialistic form to what rahka is.


    The translation of 'rahka' is making me more confused.


    Why was it "tämä marja on herkulliNEN" but "tuo rahka on herkulliSTA"?


    A berry (marja) is countable, so the most natural thing is to use the basic nominative form of the adjective, "herkullinen". "Rahka", on the other hand, is a mass noun, so the partitive (herkullista) is the better choice here.


    I only recently found out that quark is a kind of cheese (like cottage cheese I think) before that I only knew the word from physics. I think few British residents will recognise quark.


    The physics term comes ultimately from the cheese. When quarks were hypothesized it was known they come in threes. This made a physicist who happened to have read some of Finnegan's Wake recall a phrase from there, "three quarks for Muster Mark", and he suggested they be called quarks. James Joyce included "quark" in Finnegan's Wake because, I imagine, he thought it was an amusing word and confusable with "quart" -- Finnegan's Wake is all about wordplay and alcohol, which can come in quarts. Joyce was familiar with quark as the dairy product.

    I may not have all these details precisely right, but at least this rhymes with the truth.

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