I've noticed that a lot of Northern Europeans, who often have excellent English...
thelonius: "I've noticed that a lot of Northern Europeans, who often have excellent English, tend to overuse hyphens when they write. (Example: "John Entwistle was an English bass-guitarist...") I wonder if that comes from this compound noun business - maybe the hyphens seem to them like how to do this in English."
I’d like to end this list by giving one animal a category all to itself: the humble squirrel.
little oak horn: Eiche (oak tree) + Horn (horn) + -chen (little)
oak croissant: Eiche (oak tree) + Hörnchen (croissant)
Eichkätzchen (regional name) and Eichkatzerl (Austria) – oak kitten
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