Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Squirrely etymology

So ... the German word for what we call in English a squirrel, translates to oak-kitten. Cute.


Anonymous said...

I obviously found this very interesting.

Alexis said...

The Germans tend to like to make compound words instead of coming up with a new word altogether. This is a good example. As is their word for ambulance, Krankenwagen, which literally means "sick car".

German is a fun language, to say the least.

Eastcoastdweller said...

LGS: Of course you did. (o:
Alexis: I did not know that about German. Another reason to love language -- and to mourn when one is lost.