A real language would fix it by not using a retarded term like “real estate”.

That’s fair.

The Romanian word for “real estate” literally means “unmoveables”.

In Japanese and Chinese:

不動産 – literally means “immobile thing”

動物 – literally means “mobile thing”

You would expect these to be opposites, but “immobile thing” is “real estate” (presumably in contrast to other property, which you can pick up and move around), and “mobile thing” is “animal” (presumably in contrast to plants, which can’t move).

In Spanish, ‘inmueble’ means ‘real estate’ and is derived from ‘immobile’, and the ostensible opposite, ‘mueble’, means ‘furniture’



“Møbel” in Danish. I had never even considered that might originally come from the latin, “möbel” sounds so very germanic.

In Russian, real estate is недвижимость, which means “immobile stuff” and is etymologically slavic in origin, but furniture is мебель and is presumably a borrowing from points further west, though this had not occurred to me before.

etymologically slavic

I’m suddenly curious – does that mean “comes from the old greek” or does it imply a different root e.g. somewhere turkic?

Ha, Polish does the same thing as Russian, with slavic-word-for-immobilities for land, and “meble” for furniture specifically. I think slavic-word-for-mobilities might mean all movable property, but I’m not entirely sure.

Wikipedia says Balto-Slavic languages are one of the big Indo-European language groups, so they’re parallel to Hellenic/Germanic/Romance/etc (with their nearest joint ancestor being Proto-Indo-European), and unrelated to Turkic languages.  I’m not sure why you were using old greek as a reference point?

Because cyrillic and αλφάβητο are so damn similar, I thought maybe the languages might be related in the same way.

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