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October 5th, 2021, 16:32
Originally Posted by HiddenX View Post
Witch is close to old English wicca (=sorcerer).

And wicca is close to low German Wickewief = sorceress [wief =Weib= woman]
"wicken" is a verb in low German which means "to use magic".
I didn't know that Low German was still in use as a spoken language, now I know after consulting Wikipedia. I also learned that there are many variants of (spoken) German, and that for instance Swiss German is largely unintelligble for Germans (so, why is it called German?) Which makes sense - I've been in Switzerland a couple of times, and been spoken to in what sounded like German, but I couldn't understand anything.

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October 5th, 2021, 17:06
I'm a speaker of Westphalian Low German (Märkisches Plattdütsch). Contrary to Northern Germany Platt there are not many native speakers left.

With my Low German knowledge it is much easier for me to read Dutch, Danish, Frisian, Old English, English …
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October 5th, 2021, 18:32
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With my Low German knowledge it is much easier for me to read Dutch, Danish, Frisian, Old English, English …
Yes, but I often hear that people say that anyone who knows / speaks a "low german" dialect understands English, Dutch and surrounding languages much better than with "high german".
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October 5th, 2021, 18:41
Originally Posted by pibbuR View Post
In Norwegian "heks" is a female. The male is called "trollmann" (magic man). But we have the term "heksemester" (master of witchery) which is male. The corresponging word for "hag" would be the derogatory term "trollkjerring" (magic bitch).

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Norwegian "heks" is similar to German "Hexe", which is female, too.
The male term would be Hexenmeister. (Witch-Master).
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October 6th, 2021, 10:55
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The male term would be Hexenmeister. (Witch-Master).
Or, rarely, "Hexer".
As I wrote above.
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October 6th, 2021, 12:21
We also have ’heks’ in Dutch, which is often used for female witches, although it can be used for male witches as well. The word heks has a negative connotation and is used as such, but only for women.
It is also the name of a town in Belgium
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October 9th, 2021, 13:10
From Couches' RPG NEws thread :

Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2 Announced

"A deadly plague ravages your world. Your last hope: a legendary alien facility dug deep into the Feldspar Mountains a massive Pit, built by the ancient Suul'ka."
Fun fact : The word "Feldspar" comes from the German word "Feldspat", which means a certain kind of mineral. That word was coined at the early forming of modern Geology.

"Feld" means "field", but I don't know what "spat" means; it most certainly has nothing to do with the "Spaten", which is a certain form of a shovel.

Edit : Wikipedia has - as so often - the solution to this tiny riddle :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldspar#Etymology
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldsp…und_Geschichte
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November 20th, 2021, 21:09
Any time I read "Denuvo" , my mind wants to change it into "Danube".
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November 29th, 2021, 20:40
The original "Star Wars" movie has been translated into the language of the Navajo : https://www.starwars.com/news/navajo…ars-a-new-hope
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