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"En edderkop."

Translation:A spider.

September 10, 2014



"Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can't see me!
Attercop! Attercop!
Won't you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me!"

I always wondered where Bilbo came up with that word.


It's where cobweb is derived from as well. Aren't languages exciting? :D


It's "copyn" in Welsh, FWIW.


I wouldn't say that Bilbo (or Tolkien) took it from a modern Scandinavian language so much as from Old English. 1000 years ago, what was spoken in Britain was still largely free from french linguistic influence. http://bosworth.ff.cuni.cz/002590


English is however a relatively young language. Surely Danish is far more ancient? I remain of the belief that it is a Danish loan word.


Exactly what I thought of when I saw this.


Phonetically, the speaker sounds like [el:l(schwa)k(open o)p]. There seems to be no [d] in eDDerkop. Please, someone clarify if the double d's should in fact sound like L's, as this speaker seems to suggest.


When Danish has D's that sound like this, they really are D's in terms of what the tongue is doing, they just don't follow through with the sound. That comes out to be similar what an L sounds like, but it's not exactly the same. It's a "soft D". I can't speak for the accuracy of Duolingo's pronunciations, though.


Is there a meaning to the part 'edder'?


Poison. Not used in modern Danish, but the word lingers on in Norwegian and Swedish (as etter in the latter).

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