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    So this was a somewhat odd exercise from “Become an Idea Machine”, yet I liked it:

    Because I have never had to be so creative.

    The exercise was to find 10 new word creations in Spanish.

    And I barely speak any Spanish! I do speak German. Fluently. Doing this exercise in German would not be any challenge.

    So I have to use a dictionary. This is what I will do:
    I think about two different German or English words.
    I translate them into Spanish.
    I put both Spanish words together to create a new word.

    Today will prove that you don’t even need to speak a language to create new words in it (as long as you have a dictionary)!

    Or it will be a complete failure. A failure that we had fun bringing about. So either case, we win.

    Spanish Words BMW Isetta

    Yes, that’s a BMW too – and a hell of a fun one to drive at that! Name is Isetta, and the whole front is a door that opens.

    #1 – Deleitrigir

    “deleite”: joy
    “dirigir”: drive/move
    Together: “deleitrigir”. The joy of driving.

    This was inspired by various ad campaigns for German automobile manufacturer BMW. Their slogan is “The Joy Of Driving”.

    #2 – Friuvia

    “frío”: cold
    “lluvia”: rain
    Together: “friuvia”. Cold rain.

    It’s probably a word that does not exist in Spain. Unthinkable it would ever be cold there!

    #3 – Infríurno

    Spanish Words Cold Hell

    Do you feel your breath already freezing just by looking at it? It’s strangely beautiful.

    “frio”: cold
    “infíerno”: hell
    Together: “infríurno”. Cold hell.

    That’s the next bigger form of “friuvia”. If there is a winter day full of snow, ice and sleet, you could think of this as such a cold hell.

    Maybe it could also mean “when hell freezes over”…?

    #4 – Colsalto

    “salto”: leap
    “Columbus”: as himself
    Together: “Colsalto”. A Columbian leap. Across the whole ocean. I don’t think this phrase even exists in English!

    A “Columbian leap” is a gigantic leap with unclear outcome but potentially big upside. Columbus thought he had the route to India figured out, but you coud never be completely certain you’d arrive, a couple of years before the invention of the GPS.

    #5 – Susurratoro

    “susurro”: whisper
    “toro”: bull
    Together: “susurratoro”. A bull whisperer. A toreador that is particularly skilled with handling bulls.

    The trick is that there is no obvious spanish word for “whisperer” – apparently. Yet I would call a “whisperer” a “susurrator”. So this is a nice combination.

    #6 – Felicidábido

    “felicidás”: happiness
    “habido”: habit
    Together: “felicidabido”. The happiness habit.

    #7 – iMante/iSposa

    “iPhone”: as itself
    “amante”/”sposa”: lover/husband
    Together: “iMante/iSposa”. It’s a significant other who permanently checks his or her iPhone in front of you while you are in a conversation.

    #8 – dormierdra

    “dormir”: sleep
    “piedra”: stone
    Together: “dormierdra”. Sleep like a stone. Sounds similar to mierda “shit”, because you use the word when you overslept.

    #9 – sangoreja

    “sangriento”: bloody
    “oreja”: ears
    Together: sangoreja. A person who does not know when to stop talking and dominates the conversation. So you get bloody ears.

    #10 – Vidamentas

    “condimentas”: spice
    “vida”: life
    Together: “vidamentas”. The spice of life.

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    Do you have a favorite word combination in Spanish?

    Or any other language?

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