WeepingElf wrote: ↑
16 Jan 2019 13:20
Shemtov wrote: ↑
15 Jan 2019 22:40
Douche. Can't believe that wasn't mentioned before
goes with the French.
There are two near-homphones in
that belong with this entry. I'm not sure if they're false-friends, foul-weather friends, or finicky-friends, but here goes.
The first is душ
[duʂ] which comes from
douche "shower" and means the same.
But then there's дощ
[dɔʃt͡ʃ] which comes from an entirely different, entirely Slavic root *dъždžь
, and means "rain".
In my humble estimation, to just about any
native-speaker, these would prolly be not-so-close homophones.
However, my baba and grand-uncles and great-cousins who spoke
pronounced "rain", as far as I could tell, as дош
[dɔʂ], bringing the word even closer to a homophone with душ
In fact, for years I erroneously just supposed that my Uke ancestors borrowed the word from the douche
, like so many other lang-communities, and melded it to their own purposes.
I was pleasantly surprised that there is an actual honest-to-goodness Slavic root *dъždžь
"rain". Intriguingly, it's related to
(durdina, “rain, shower”), Ancient Greek εὐδία
(eudía, “fair weather”), whch is just plain really neat in my book.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Reconstr ... 5%BE%D1%8C
OMG, and then there's душа́
[du'ʂa] "soul, spirit" (common w/
and other Slavic Langs)