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Offline lucy

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« on: July 06, 2007, 23:01 PM »
Large numbers of black-headed gulls have descended on the Delta, and one of the wardens explained to me that in Galicia, where he comes from, they are not called Gaviotas Reidoras, or the equivalent in Gallego.  (I looked up the Latin and Catalan names and they also suggest their calls sound like laughter: Larus ridibundus and Gavina Riallera.)  The Galicians have a different perspective on them and call them Gaivotas Choronas – weeping gulls!  It must say something about the Gallego psyche.


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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2007, 23:18 PM »
Greetings Lucy,
Thanx for that. And just so that the mindless iberianatureforum stats. don't just show Catalan as being the second most-used language by iberianatureforumers, here's the dope in Galego:http://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaivota_chorona.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2007, 23:59 PM »
Greetings All,
Not really knowing much 'bout Rome's influence in Galicia - but 'spose the tapas in Dave's neck of the woods kept the Legion from going any further - the Latin name just didn't penetrate (assuming that the Latin name existed before Linneaus). Thought I'd check out the Portuguese  :booklook: and got Guincho-comum. Who was it who said Portuguese was a poetic language?  >:D
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Maybe what happened was what happened in the LOG - after 1066 the Normans introduced a whole load of words - which in some cases referred to non-existent concepts in Old English (roast beef) and in other cases supplemented and co-existed with native words (hare and leveret).
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2007, 19:10 PM »
Great exchange you two

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