Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#171874 - 12/05/07 07:00 AM reindeer
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
"reindeer" and "rendier".

As I automatically compare English with home language, the word reindeer caught my attention and I looked up its etymology.

I always thought "reindeer" came from " rein "; a deer that could be reined, controlled to pull a sledge.

For Dutch I thought it came from running . Ren means: run and dier means: animal in today's language. I thought "rendier" = : running animal.

In fact in origin it is a reduncancy : animal animal.
That's why I love language. reindeer There is no end to these litttle surprises.



Top
#171877 - 12/05/07 10:14 AM Re: reindeer [Re: BranShea]
zmjezhd Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 3290
Loc: R'lyeh
Ain't language wunnerful?
_________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

Top
#171881 - 12/05/07 11:05 AM Re: reindeer [Re: zmjezhd]
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10522
Loc: this too shall pass
psst, zmj..

I'd ask about 'process' here, but we both know the score. (:

-ron o.

Top
#171886 - 12/05/07 11:56 AM Re: reindeer [Re: tsuwm]
zmjezhd Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 3290
Loc: R'lyeh
'process'

Aye, och, it is a fine line between process cheese food product and mechanically separated meat.

zmj (two-bit ironwit) ezhd
_________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

Top
#171888 - 12/05/07 12:15 PM Re: reindeer [Re: tsuwm]
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
psst, -ren o joe This so-called 'process '? A question on the Q.T. over my head and in the full limelight? See? Can't you ask for the obvious yourself?

Top
#171889 - 12/05/07 12:53 PM Re: reindeer [Re: BranShea]
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10522
Loc: this too shall pass
by way of acknowledging an affront to netiquette: yes, I shouldn't have posted that aside to jheem in the clear. I should have sent a PM, or at least cleverly hidden it in white. sometimes I get lazy like that. sometimes, even, I go for the cheap, self-entertaining laugh.

it was a cross-thread in only the most egregious and far-fetched sense; i.e., from another board.

-joe (additional rationalizations forthcoming) friday

Top
#171891 - 12/05/07 06:31 PM Re: reindeer [Re: tsuwm]
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Just
you see,the quote button tells how cleverly hidden those white words are it's pretty inconsiderate to provoque zmj to mention mechanically seperated meat on a thread that is supposed to be about reindeer. Pretty most inconsiderate. No presents for you this year; coal, tar and feathers.

Top
#171892 - 12/05/07 08:45 PM Re: reindeer [Re: BranShea]
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10522
Loc: this too shall pass
>No presents for you this year; coal, tar and feathers.

dang. just like last year.

-ron o.

Top
#171893 - 12/05/07 10:22 PM Re: reindeer [Re: BranShea]
zmjezhd Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 3290
Loc: R'lyeh
a thread that is supposed to be about reindeer

I see people eating caribou. Saami, Inuktitut. You decide. Back to words. Have you ever noticed that in Europe, it's elk, but in Canada, it's moose? Same with reindeer and caribou, in respecitvely.
_________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

Top
#171894 - 12/05/07 11:08 PM Re: reindeer [Re: zmjezhd]
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
elk and moose are the same animals? are you sure?

(i only know roosevelt elk, a western US species--they also made there homes in the Bronz zoo)

and elk are western (other side of mississippi animals.. (moose live in maine.) or so it seems to me...
_________________________
my other obsession

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8738 Members
16 Forums
13806 Topics
215116 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
KatieC, ashishsum, ackcat, mayne, Yesurbius
8738 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 21 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 96
endymion6 89
wofahulicodoc 80
A C Bowden 41
Tromboniator 5
May 3
FoFong 3
jenny jenny 3
LadyReader 2
tsuwm 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11609
tsuwm 10522
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
LukeJavan8 6485
Wordwind 6296
of troy 5400
BranShea 5282

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith