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17.06.2013 17:12:40

Floccinaucinihilipilification

 
Laura77
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hallo@all,

Die Übersetzungsfrage des Tages: Floccinaucinihilipilification

Regards,
Laura77
 
17.06.2013 19:00:04

Re: Floccinaucinihilipilification

 
folletto
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi @ all,

Latin:
flocci is derived from floccus, literally a tuft of wool and the source of English words like flocculate, but figuratively in Latin something trivial;
pili is likewise the plural of pilus, a hair, which we have inherited in words like depilatory, but which in Latin could mean a whit, jot, trifle or generally a thing that is insignificant;
nihili is from nihil, nothing, as in words like nihilism and annihilate;
nauci just means worthless.

Na ja, so ungefähr :-)

Floccinaucinihilipilification:
"action or habit of estimating as worthless," 1741, a combination of four Latin words (flocci, nauci, nihili, pilifi) all signifying "at a small price" or "for nothing," which were listed together in a rule of the well-known Eton Latin Grammar. The kind of jocular formation that was possible among educated men in Britain in those days. Just so, as in praesenti, the opening words of mnemonic lines on conjugation in Lilley's 16c. Latin grammar, could stand alone as late as 19c. and be understood to mean "rudiments of Latin."
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?sea ... lification


translation: Geringschätzung (?)

Regards

Wer eine Fremdsprache lernt, zieht den Hut vor einer anderen Nation.
Martin Kessel
 
18.06.2013 14:31:13

Re: Floccinaucinihilipilification

 
Laura77
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi folletto,
Thanks for that well-founded answer - it seems to have an interesting historical background.With that and the weather we're having just now it makes me think of Three Men in a Boat

Regards
Laura77
 
18.06.2013 14:38:01

Re: Floccinaucinihilipilification

 
Fishnchips
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi@all,

Good one! That definitely requires an explanation before attempting to translate.

And now listen to the explanation and practice online 8-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMrk9ea1m0g

Best
Fishnchips
 
 

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