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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby matth » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:54 pm

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby flipper231 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:57 pm

In French there will be a lot of swearing before we say: Une mer d'huile (sea of oil) or Une surface d'huile (surface of oil).

Not very poetic but it looks like it... Especially at dusk...

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby Phil » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:12 am

Peter_Frank wrote:Curious what word is used when the water is totally mirror flat because there is no wind (at the surface) ?
In German the similar word most often used is "Flaute", for "No wind at all".
In French the similar word most often used is "Pétole", for "No wind at all".
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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby Puetz » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:01 am

... most commonly in our part of the world we use "glassy" because it looks like glass ie clear and shiney or "it's glass'd off", as in the wind has gone and it's turned to glass. Some times "mirror flat" for same reason.

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby Toby » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:34 am

Event :P

In this case "Flaute" is correct in German

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby av_dumitrascu » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:17 am

"oglinda" as "like a mirror" or "ulei" as if oil is on the surface, that glassy it is ;)
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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby joriws » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:54 am

In Finnish the most common basewords are:
  • * peilityyni (mirror calm)
    * rasvatyyni (dead calm but actual 1:1 translation is grease calm because surface is like grease)
    * tyyni (calm - describing no wind)

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby ronnie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:17 am

Peter_Frank wrote:Hmmm, sorry if explained myself badly....

The term I look for in English and other langauges, if it exists, is a word or expression meaning the wind is so low - interpreted as NO wind, so the water is glassy :D

NOT whether the water surface is flat, as it can be behind islands or reefs or narrow tongues of land or small ponds, even if not zero wind :naughty:

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So you don't mean water like this? Which I would call 'a mill pond' or 'mirror flat'


More like this? Which I would call 'glassy'.
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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby burton420 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:37 pm

When I was big into wakeboarding my friend and I would say it's "hoolio". Short for Julio I'glass'ias. Named for the famous lounge singer.

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Re: Name for "Dead calm sea" in other languages ?

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:30 pm

Awesome, great to read the different langauges and the terms for either no wind at all, or for glassy/mirrorflat water, or both :thumb:

Quite astonishing to find, that in some langauges it is two different things, and in other there is a word covering both - and English is quite undefined it seems, as "Calm" which is the textbook word, only means "really light wind, almost no wind, or no wind", which in hydrofoil language is extremely different, is this correct ?
Not being native English or American I might be wrong, and it might also be interpreted differently around the world and in local groups :roll:


In Danish we have these words:

"Vindstille" which means "No wind at all".

"Havblik" means the same, used just as or more often being a sailing nation, and it means "No wind at all", referring to the sea having a mirror watersurface now.

"Pandekagefladt" (Pandekage = Pancake and fladt = flat, Danish is easy right ?) is used for smooth glassy water, no matter if there is wind or no wind :rollgrin:
"Spejlblankt" is the same, only referring to the surface being mirrorglossy, no matter if wind or not :D

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