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Kraken's avatar

Which countries, languages, regions or dialects throughout the world have the suffix 'ish'?

Asked by Kraken (1167 points ) June 22nd, 2010

Spanglish does not qualify as it is a slang term and also please do not add any defunct language or region such as Frankish which would not be valid to this question. I came up with 13 on my own as I was playing this game in my mind to help me go to sleep one restless night. Be sure to list your findings and we can see how many there are.

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Jeruba's avatar

Clarification, please. Do you mean just in terms of the way we refer to them in the English-speaking world? For example, we say “Spanish,” but Spanish-speakers don’t use that word.

So—you are thinking of descriptors such as Spanish, English, Irish, Swedish, Danish, etc.?

Kraken's avatar

@Jeruba Clarification is in the topics.
We are English speakers on an English speaking web-site here so I help you can figure out the rest.

cazzie's avatar

That’s strange because in each of those languages, they don’t use the ‘ish’. I got confused. Beacause it’s Espanol, Svensk, Dansk, ....etc…..

I thought Kraken meant which languages USE ish in their vocabulary.

But ok… Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Irish, ....Scottish & British (not languages but description of an accent perhaps) .... Polish, Kurdish, Finnish, Yiddish, Limburgish and Flemish…. that’s me.. I’m tapped.

I’d love to see your list of 13!

Jeruba's avatar

@Kraken, I read your entire question, topics and all, before asking for clarification. We have many non-native speakers of English here, so I thought perhaps it would be good to be explicit. Those languages and dialects don’t “have” the suffix ”-ish” except when they’re being referred to by English speakers.

Kraken's avatar

@Jeruba Your first hint is English, figure the rest out.
It’s not that hard of a question, sheesh!

Kraken's avatar

@cazzie Is this an English speaking web site?
That was a rhetorical question. The answer was yes.
Stop prevaricating and answer the question already!

cazzie's avatar

@Kraken Did I answer the question? That was rhetorical. YES… I thought I DID answer the question.
Er du gall eller?

Jeruba's avatar

<rudeness causes a complete loss of interest>

cazzie's avatar

wow… what happened here…..

downtide's avatar

Let’s see how many I can get…

English, Scottish, Irish, British, Spanish, Danish, Flemish, Finnish, Turkish, Polish, Swedish

I can’t think of any more.

Kraken's avatar

@Jeruba Why would not answer this question but only start an argument?
This I can not understand.

If you do not know the answer and have a problem with the question it would be best for you to privately message the asker in the future. Yeah I am sorry that I rubbed your nose but you were not responsive in the first place which is not helpful. I am asking a real question here and want legitimate answers here and not confused conjecture.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Kraken – So you mean in a list like this, which languages do end in ‘ish’ ??

Afrikaans, Akan, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bihari, Bork, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Catalan, Chichewa, Chinese, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Elmer Fudd, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Guarani, Gujarati, Hacker, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Klingon, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Laothian, Latin, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Luganda, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mauritian Creole, Moldavian, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nepali, Norwegian, Norwegian, Occitan, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Pirate, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Russian, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Tonga, Turkish, Turkmen, Twi, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

Kraken's avatar

@mattbrowne It’s a simple question Matt. Turkish would be correct but Vietamese would be incorrect.

Georgian would be wrong but Danish would be right because it has ‘ISH’ at the end of it.

I.E Irish is good but German is bad since it violates the major premise of the question.

zenele's avatar

Not very good form, @Kraken. Being rude and rhetorical with Fluther’s nicest and smartest, Matt, Jeruba and Cazzie isn’t the best way to make friends and influence people.

In future, if you have a silly-ish question, as this one is, and people of their caliber take the time to tell you they don’t understand – take them at their word – instead of insulting them. What could you possibly hope to gain from that?

They don’t know you from Adam – and the question isn’t so important for them to PM you for more explanation. Not everyone is comfortable PMing.

I have chosen to put this here for two reasons: Jeruba and Matt have been friends of mine (here) for years – and I was personally offended by your attacking them.

The second is so that you’ll think twice before doing it again – and realize – that you have returned after a long spell to a community, and not just to a Q and A place. I hope you make a better effort to get to know this community – and not just come up with questions and insult people.

You are better than that.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Kraken – But then the task is very simple. Search for a complete list of languages on the Internet and count the ones ending in -ish.

cazzie's avatar

@mattbrowne we could list regions as well… dialects… like… Cornish! there’s another one. It’s kind of a fun game, but it’s been ruined by poor sportsmanship.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yes, the challenge is to come up with a Google search query that digs up a complete list of all languages and known dialects. There are about 6800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. How many dialects? And where are the lists @Kraken is looking for?

cazzie's avatar

He stopped playing with us. He took his ball and went home, I think.

Kraken's avatar

Hey guys, I just wanted you to have fun with this one and not make it so serious. Serious stuff makes me feel bad and I am here to just have fun because I like a good darned lot of you.

mattbrowne's avatar

Hey @Kraken, my good old friend from wis.dm – We can have plenty of fun in Fluther’s Social Section. I think it was a bit unclear to some folks participating in this thread that your question was a bit of a brain teaser or puzzle. And maybe your ‘stop prevaricating’ comment caused some misunderstandings. I know you well, so I also know that you mean well too and all of this is just playful banter ;-)

Kraken's avatar

@mattbrowne Exactly Matt and I am very clear and directional in my questioning. This is a great word game and I still am the winner with 14 valid entries: i.e. English, Spanish, Flemish…etc… Awwww, people can’t bring themselves to play such a childish wordgame now and then an I am still the winner. I don’t want to divulge my own answers as I really want to see someone beat me which was the primary reason why I asked this question in the first place!!! I never knew that Mankind was not so logic oriented at all and I was rather stunned so I tried to appeal to emotionalism and only got childish resistance at best. This at best was just a silly how many question and many people have blown it way out of proportion. I merely wanted a quantifiable answer with actual exhibits to thus display the veracity of the question for mere counting sake. I held at 14 viable examples before I asked this in hopes to find more.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Kraken – Yep, my list above only contains 10 valid entries. I’d have to search for more.

cazzie's avatar

I have 14. Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Irish, ....Scottish & British, Polish, Kurdish, Finnish, Yiddish, Limburgish and Flemish and Cornish.

Kraken's avatar

@cazzie You beat me: I forgot all about Yiddish. Nicely done!

downtide's avatar

Limburgish? Is that a separate language?

downtide's avatar

@cazzie wow. I’ve never heard of that one before. Thankyou.

Kraken's avatar

@downtide I think that is a very cheesey language unless you are in a Rush then I suggest you disrespect yourself and turn on Fox News.

downtide's avatar

@Kraken it took a few minutes but I got it in the end. (Those cheesy American politicians are never mentioned on the UK news).

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