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August 11, 2005



Final spurt (of a sale)? The sign behind is in Danish or perhaps Norwegian, and I can't pull any Swedish cognate up that fits with "spurt",so I am guessing it is a loan from English.

Abiola Lapite

Nah, it's no loan, but you're right about the "sale" part.


Could be a loan from Danish, for that matter. Some loans you can identify, like "skirt" and "sky", and others are harder, like "streed" and "tree".


It gets worse on the false friends front. Apparently it's common to call a kid "Skat" in Danish. Of course it means "Treasure" the same as "Schatz", which, come to think of it, sounds weird too, since for years that was the default name for Dachsunds.

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