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Painful hugs and Poison Gifts: When the same words mean different things in Danish and English

 

Danish words and English words can look similar, but some of the similarities are deceiving. A Danish hug is not comforting. And slut is not a slut.
 

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    Reply Ulla November 5, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Aha … – very interesting to learn that an English student is a pupil, of any age/grade.

    Hug in Danish is pronounced ”håk” (plus it also means to steal = at hugge: ”la’ mig håk et kys fra din fristende mund”), and it’s funny that the Danish sky (himmel) is cloud in English. Btw, sky is also a delicious thingy we put on leverpostej and Dyrlægens Natmad (I like it very much and thus eat it with a spoon directly from the emballage).

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/26855443@N00/820175952

    A few years back I got aware of the slut difference, but it wasn’t just until recently I found out that the English slot doesn’t mean a castle, but instead a sort of programme schedule in TV terms – still not sure if that is correct though, can you enlighten and perhaps provide a more precise word? På forhånd tak.

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      Reply Kay Xander Mellish November 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Hi Ulla! I would say a ‘slot’ in English is a long, thin hole into which something is inserted: the classic example is the ‘slot machine’, in which people insert coins through a slot in order to gamble. I’d guess the TV networks took co-opted the term because in their scheduling charts (I used to work in TV) the program periods are long and thin.

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