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Aish
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Member Since: 2nd Jul 2003
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Posted:In my office theres this little joke a day thing on the wall over the copy machine we read while waiting for photocopies. Today I read something that inspired this topic's random theme.

In how many languages can you say fire?
(please correct some of these if theyre wrong.)

Chinese - Huo
Dutch - brand
French - Le feu
German - Feuer
Italian - fuoco
Portugese - fogo
Spanish - fuego
Polish - ogie
Maori - ahi; pupuhi
Afrikaans - brand; ontslaan; vuur
Chezk - vyhodit
Danish - skyde; ild
Estorian - tuli; vaimustus
Finnish - tuli
Gaelic - las
Hawaiian - ahi
Hungarian - langolva; allva
Indonesiean - memburakan; api; memecat
Latin - accendo; icendi
Potawatomi - shkota
Seneca - katsista
Norweigan - varme; sparke
Romany - foc
Sanskrit - agni
Swahili - moto
Sumerian - sr
Swedish - eld
Tagalog - apoy; init
Turkish - yangin; atmak
Ukranian - vohoni
Welsh - tananu; saethu; tanio
Hindi - aga; jalana; agni
Lithuanian - ugnis
Kreyol - dife; revoke

Lol, Anything I missed or messed up on?

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. W. B. Yeats

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sunbeam
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Location: Madrid
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Posted:Greek

fire = φωτιά, πυρκαγιά, πυροβολώ
fotia, pyrkagia, pyrobolo



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Kat
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Location: London
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Posted:Las means Light in Gaelic (Irish), Tine is fire

Japanese - Hi


Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.

- W B Yeats

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mech
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Posted:you dont need to say fire, ppl know what you mean when you light it, or when you set fire to your hair, so i get by that way!

later days


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floki
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Location: brussels
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Posted:waw !!! polyglotish !
... just one lil correction : fire in dutch is "vuur" ("brand" is for burning) ...

but please dont understand this wrong ... i really couldnt say it in all these languages ...

this one is on your skills !!!!


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Arakrys
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Location: Wageningen, NL
Member Since: 9th Jun 2003
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Posted:quote:Originally posted by florre:
waw !!! polyglotish !
... just one lil correction : fire in dutch is "vuur" ("brand" is for burning) ...
the phenomena fire: vuur
campfire: kampvuur
fire!! (as in: your house is on fire): brand!
incend: in brand steken, brand stichten
flames: vlammen
spit fire; vuurspugen

I knew an Estonian beaut called Ugne, and she said that that means fire(flame) as well.


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Aish
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Posted:quote:Originally posted by Mechhead:
you dont need to say fire, ppl know what you mean when you light it, or when you set fire to your hair, so i get by that way!

later days The joke a day thing was actually a reference to asking someone for a light to light a cigarette. Hence using the word fire.

Someone actually e-mailed me these:

Tolkien Black Speech - ghaash
Tolkien Queyana (Elf) - Uur; anor
Klingon - moH
Vulcan - yOn
Adelic - buuri

Lol, whatever!

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Latex
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Member Since: 20th May 2003
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Posted:Pig Latin: irefay

Sorry, had to be done.


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skjalff
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Location: Cleveland
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Posted:Russian: Ogon' [agon']


and i somehow doubt it would be "vyhodit" in Chech... i would think that means "comes out"
but whatever

skjalff


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