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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Playing with words #1. Exotic or erotic?

For many people, something (or someone...) exotic is ipso facto also attractive and maybe erotic. Already heard about dark Latin lovers or cute Japanese girls, anyone?
Under these circumstancese, being exotic somehow means being erotic too...

[A beautiful and exotic Purple flower
Image source: Healthy Home Gardening]

Until today I had never noticed that only one consonant separates also literally something exotic from something erotic, in at least four languages. But I'm starting to doubt in a lot more...
  • English - exotic / erotic
  • French - exotique / érotique
  • German - exotisch / erotisch
  • Italian - esotico / erotico
Do you know other languages for this wordplay?

Per molte persone, qualcosa (o qualcuno...) esotico è automaticamente attraente e in una certa misura erotico. Avete già sentito parlare di focosi Latin lovers e deliziose ragazze giapponesi?
In tali circostanze, essere esotici significa in qualche modo essere anche erotici...

Fino a oggi non avevo notato che solo una consonante separa anche letteralmente qualcosa esotico da qualcosa erotico, in almeno quattro lingue. Ma probabilmente in molte di più...
  • Inglese - exotic / erotic
  • Francese - exotique / érotique
  • Tedesco - exotisch / erotisch
  • Italiano - esotico / erotico
Conoscete altre lingue in cui questo gioco di parole sia valido?

Tags: Word play, Adjective, Language, Learning a language, Exotic, Erotic, Gioco di parole, Aggettivo, Imparare una lingua, Esotico, Erotico


  1. Spanish: exòtico / eròtico

  2. Wonderful, thanks!

    I can add Dutch as well [Thanks, Robert!]:
    exotisch / erotisch
    Just like German.