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.
#1 – Deleitrigir
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
Together: “friuvia”. Cold rain.
It’s probably a word that does not exist in Spain. Unthinkable it would ever be cold there!
#3 – Infríurno
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
“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
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
Together: “felicidabido”. The happiness habit.
#7 – iMante/iSposa
“iPhone”: as itself
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
Together: “dormierdra”. Sleep like a stone. Sounds similar to mierda “shit”, because you use the word when you overslept.
#9 – sangoreja
Together: sangoreja. A person who does not know when to stop talking and dominates the conversation. So you get bloody ears.
#10 – Vidamentas
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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