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A friend of mine is starting an Estonian class, and she amused herself tonight by reading through the glossary at the end of the book. We aren’t quite sure when the textbook was made, or by whom, but the words they evidently think are crucial for a potential student to know are endearingly bizarre.

She pointed out that they might make some entertaining writing prompts, so I’m writing them down before I lose them all in a blurry facebook messenger haze.

  • Nighthawk || Grey-black grouse
  • Grammofon
  • Bat
  • Mink || Sable
  • Emerald
  • Smoking jacket || Tails
  • Displaced person, exile
  • Offer of marriage || Single, unmarried || Honeymoon
  • Ancient fortified stronghold
  • Harvest festival
  • Danger of drowning
  • Brassiere || Panties || Petticoat
  • Rye bread || Sauerkraut || Head cheese || Sandwich || Christmas sausage
  • Potato
  • Large quantity or amount
  • Lipstick
  • Gentleman || Woman, wife || Girl, maid
  • Weather bureau
  • To pound or nail
  • Milk store
  • Stallion
  • Carnations

Possible prompt: A young unmarried woman (dressed in her panties, mink bra, and sable petticoat) hopes to lure a gentleman into making an offer of marriage by cooking him sauerkraut and potato and Christmas sausage at the Harvest festival.

I’ll link to the results if I ever actually follow through with this.