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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #30 on: August 12, 2016, 04:13:28 PM »
cu de ferro: Someone who sits to study for extended periods of time.
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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2016, 04:16:43 PM »
Thanks xSilverPhinx, a great term to add to my limited Portuguese vocabulary!

The British have a word for this ("swot"), but I don't think there's anything precisely equivalent in American.
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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2016, 06:52:30 PM »
 Merriam Webster has the following synonyms for swot:

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Synonyms bookworm, dink [slang], dork [slang], geek, grind, nerd [British], weenie, wonk
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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2016, 06:54:04 PM »
Merriam Webster has the following synonyms for swot:

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Synonyms bookworm, dink [slang], dork [slang], geek, grind, nerd [British], weenie, wonk

None of those are really equivalent to "swot" though, and some of them are of very questionable relevance. The closest may be "grind," but I don't think it's all that common.
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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2016, 07:06:50 PM »
Merriam Webster has the following synonyms for swot:

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Synonyms bookworm, dink [slang], dork [slang], geek, grind, nerd [British], weenie, wonk

None of those are really equivalent to "swot" though, and some of them are of very questionable relevance. The closest may be "grind," but I don't think it's all that common.

I was going to add something like that but I don't speak Amerenglish so I wasn't sure.

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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2016, 09:47:37 PM »
Thanks xSilverPhinx, a great term to add to my limited Portuguese vocabulary!

The British have a word for this ("swot"), but I don't think there's anything precisely equivalent in American.

:thumbsup:

It's easy to remember too, think "cu" as in the periodic table's symbol for copper and ferro. Cu de ferro. :grin:

Just don't go around saying just "cu".  ;)
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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2016, 10:43:01 PM »
Thanks xSilverPhinx, a great term to add to my limited Portuguese vocabulary!

The British have a word for this ("swot"), but I don't think there's anything precisely equivalent in American.

:thumbsup:

It's easy to remember too, think "cu" as in the periodic table's symbol for copper and ferro. Cu de ferro. :grin:

Just don't go around saying just "cu".  ;)

If it is pronounced as "queue" it's another if those words that gets confusing between languages. I once went out with a nurse who lived in hospital accomodation, her name was Kay.

The first time I called her on the common phone this voice said, " 'ello?"

"Can I speak to Kay please."

"Kay?"

"Yes, Kay."

"Kay?"

"Yes, Kay . . ."


I did not know that some Phillipino nursing assistants, with less than perfect English, also lived there!
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« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2016, 12:39:45 AM »
Thanks xSilverPhinx, a great term to add to my limited Portuguese vocabulary!

The British have a word for this ("swot"), but I don't think there's anything precisely equivalent in American.

:thumbsup:

It's easy to remember too, think "cu" as in the periodic table's symbol for copper and ferro. Cu de ferro. :grin:

Just don't go around saying just "cu".  ;)

If it is pronounced as "queue" it's another if those words that gets confusing between languages. I once went out with a nurse who lived in hospital accomodation, her name was Kay.

The first time I called her on the common phone this voice said, " 'ello?"

"Can I speak to Kay please."

"Kay?"

"Yes, Kay."

"Kay?"

"Yes, Kay . . ."


I did not know that some Phillipino nursing assistants, with less than perfect English, also lived there!

It's more like the cu in cuckoo. :smilenod:

Does Kay or some homophone mean anything in the Philippines?  :scratch:
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« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2016, 08:19:00 AM »
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Does Kay or some homophone mean anything in the Philippines?  :scratch:

The woman was asking, "What?" In Spanish, "Que?"

Actually a shorter sound but, to the ignorant me of then, sounded like she was confirming my friend's name.
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Re: Miscellaneous
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2016, 08:28:38 AM »
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Does Kay or some homophone mean anything in the Philippines?  :scratch:

The woman was asking, "What?" In Spanish, "Que?"

Actually a shorter sound but, to the ignorant me of then, sounded like she was confirming my friend's name.

Oh, OK :lol:

These kinds of misunderstandings are funny. When I was in high school an exchange student came up to me and said "coração?" (heart). After repeated attempts I finally understood that she was asking what time it was (que horas são?). If you say that fast enough they sound almost the same.   
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« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2016, 08:39:02 AM »
Thought he might be offering you a drink, or even a Caribbean island!
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« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2016, 08:43:31 AM »
Rats! Ffffffouled up somewhere! Repeated post
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« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2016, 03:37:26 PM »
Thought he might be offering you a drink, or even a Caribbean island!

:tellmemore: A Caribbean island...

No, she eventually pointed to her wrist a couple of times and it all became clear. :P
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