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Norwegian with a Bergen accent, so that babies will find my voice soothing

I'd like to learn Norwegian. Caveat: I'd like to learn specifically the Bergen dialect/accent. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 21, 2011 - 3 answers

As in "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."

What is the name for the linguistic phenomenon in which a word is used colloquially to mean something in direct opposition to its original meaning? "Bad" is the most striking example, but others would include "nasty," "sick," and "wicked." [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

"Take the heart of me?" You can just say, "my heart."

In Return of the King, Aragorn says: "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me." What precisely does he mean by this? My confusion is with the phrase "take the heart of me." Is this a standard idiom?
posted by Busoni on Jul 15, 2009 - 15 answers

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