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4 years ago  ::  Mar 20, 2012 - 12:01AM #21
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Mar 4, 2012 -- 7:00PM, CharikIeia wrote:

Mar 4, 2012 -- 6:51PM, christine3 wrote:

 I'm sure to get flack for that statement.  

A little semi-off-topic teaching from the odd European...

It's written "flak" and is an abbreviation of the German Fliegerabwehrkanone, anti-aircraft gun. It's what many British and Americans had to take when visiting my country ~seventy years ago for enacting US foreign policy.

Now we know *WHY* the Germans abbreviated it....  I could swear that Tolkien's 'Old Entish' was a Germanic language.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 20, 2012 - 4:25AM #22
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Mar 20, 2012 -- 12:01AM, LeahOne wrote:

I could swear that Tolkien's 'Old Entish' was a Germanic language.

LOL! After two days of debate, finally agreeing that the two Hobbits are not Orks... that's what I call efficient language use :-)

Do you speak Yiddish, perchance? It's very German... must have been very close to regular German ~1000 years ago. It's our closest sibling language. When I was in Israel, I could reasonably communicate with Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Romania. I think my knowledge of medieval German helped.

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