Michael Placid
dumbbell is a loanword? dumb= 哑 bell= 铃 dumbbell is a loanword?
Jul 27, 2014 7:48 AM
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Not at all. It's an entirely English word, made up of two other English words. Loanwords come from other languages. This is what wikipedia says: "Dumbbells" as a word originated in late Stuart England – referring to equipment simulating the action of a bell rope for the purpose of developing technique, and especially strength, for the purpose of practicing English bellringing, but without making a noise (hence dumb). When strongmen started to make their own equipment, they kept the name, even though the shape and form changed.
July 27, 2014
哑铃 is probably a loanword from English.
July 27, 2014
Dumbbell is a compound word formed of two single words. Dumb and Bell. It has two meanings. (a) a tool for weight-lifting and body building. A handle with weights on either side to be held in one hand or each hand for exercise. (b) A person who is no smarter than the weight-lifting tool. Someone who is not smart at all.
July 27, 2014
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