So I know I’ve had my rants about this before, but bear with me. Also, there is a tl;dr at the bottom of this post.
As regards the memes that float around about the differences in languages where a word from a series of languages in the same family is compared and then a COMPLETELY unrelated language is thrown in for contrast, mainly to belittle that language (mostly German… which angers me for a totally different reason), this pattern needs to STOP!
If one seeks ridiculousness among languages, there is no need to bring in an unrelated language when comparing a given family. For Germanics, look no further than Icelandic. An example being something I reblogged earlier and edited to take Finnish out of the picture (the post about spider below this one) and substituted Icelandic instead. Is it really necessary to use Finnish’s hämähäkki in this instance? What’s wrong with Icelandic’s kónguló? Kónguló is far enough removed from spider/Spinne/spin etc. that using Finnish’s different word for spider (which comes from it being in a GODDAMN DIFFERENT LANGUAGE FAMILY THAN THE OTHERS BEFORE IT) is nothing more than, as I stated before, belittling.
Now… let’s compare Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian, as they are all part of the same language family. And let’s take a simple word like… wind.
There is enough ridiculousness (if you want to call it that) among language families if you want to compare word choice that it is wholly unnecessary to bring in a language from a different family just to make fun of it. In the example above, Finnish and Estonian (I’m imagining them like the flag balls in polandballcomics) would be looking incredulously at their family member, Hungarian, and Hungarian would just kind of be there like “yeah, what?” not really understanding what the big issue is.
Let’s take Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian again and use the spider example, just to bring things full circle. The following are the words for “spiders” in these three languages.
And this is the point where all 3 languages just stare at each other and say, what the fuck, guys? How are we related?
My point is thusly illustrated… find ridiculousness among members of a common language family.
TL;DR: Stop using one language family to make fun of a member of another.