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Re: [ontolog-forum] (OT) German

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From: Wacek Kusnierczyk <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 23:16:52 +0100
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Duane Nickull wrote:
> And also (take it with a grain of salt, it is humor).
> Don't even get me started on their lack of proper ontology for animals in
> natural German language.
> Examples:
> 1. A toad is a "krote".  A turtle is named a Schildkrote which somehow
> implies it is a toad that acquired a sheild, rather than unique genus.
what about a butterfly?  (sommerfugl in norwegian, literally meaning 
summer bird; see http://www.insects.org/ced4/etymology.html for more)
> 2. Schinktier - the name for a skunk. Very literal if you ask me (means
> "smelly animal")
> 3. Nilepferd.  Rather than recognizing a hippopotamus as a distinct species,
> the Germans consider it a Pferd (Horse) that swims in the Nile.  Perhaps
> this is perhaps why so many German tourists try to encourage Nilepferds into
> weight loss programs??
'hippopotamus' is better just in abstracting from Nile, though.
> 4. Nasehorn:  again, a literal name for the Rhinocerous, a noble beast who
> might be a bit sensitive about the appendage sticking out of the middle of
> its' forehead.  IMO, not polite to give it a name to constantly remind it of
> the growth.
'nasehorn' is no worse than 'rhinoceros'.
> 5. Waschbehr: This is the German name for a Raccoon.  They assume it is a
> small bear (behr) that washes itself (wasch) rather than a distinct species.
> With these examples, I am often surprised that bees are not called "small
> flying bears" or "miniature yellow levitating zebras".
ever heard about silverfish?
> ;-)
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