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#2474 05/16/00 11:27 PM
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For a trivia contest, I need to know what famous composer's name means "garden of beets" in Dutch. I've found the literal translations of the words but can't put them together in any combination that resembles a composer.


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you mean it's NOT Beethoven??

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*nudging tsu* ..... well, maybe it's Frescobaldi?


#2477 05/17/00 09:13 PM
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Beethoven, of course, would be my guess, but I can't find anything to substantiate this. Thanks for your suggestion.


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#2479 05/18/00 12:43 PM
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Hello, Jackiemw, from just plain Jackie--

Being unable to resist this, having played considerable
classical music, I delved on my own and also used Tsuwm's
suggestion, and guess what?
"biet" is listed as a Dutch word for beet, AND
"hovenier" means gardener! By Jove, I think you've got it!


#2480 05/18/00 09:35 PM
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Thanks, Jackie. I am going with Beethoven; your response convinced me. My reluctance resulted from my search of translating sites which said bietsuiker = beet and hof or tuin = garden. I couldn't quite make Beethoven from that. This is a world-wide language-related trivia contest, and I am one of four in the lead with five weeks to go so I'm not taking any chances. Check it out at englishconsulting.com!


#2481 11/14/00 05:23 AM
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A Russian co-worker once told me that the name of the composer Mussorgsky was close to the word for "garbage." If true, that's a whole lot worse than "Beetgarden!" Can a Russian speaker confirm or refute this?



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