walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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An Unexpectedly Long Word

I don't know if I ever learned the/any Dutch words for sink, but at least one cropped up in Rosetta today: gootsteen. _Gootsteen_? Two words? WTF?

Goot = gutter
Steen = stone

Dutch wikipedia thinks spoelbak is a better work. _Spoelbak_?!? A springbox. Which sort of makes sense, if you think of a faucet as sort of an artificial spring (the water kind).

Weird, tho, for something that is so monosyllabic in English to be a composed word in Dutch.
Tags: learning dutch
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