[Ads-l] U-boat

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 20 12:08:21 UTC 2014

The article was written in English, not Swedish, by somebody who doesn't
know what "U-boat" means.

"Uba*t" is irrelevant - except to confuse them further.


On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:40 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

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> (a* = <a> with superscript circle; Scandinavian vowels are weird, naja!)
> Deutsch: U-Boot, Uboot (kurz fuer Unterseeboot).
> Svenska: uba*t, kortform av undervattensba*t.
> Dansk: u-ba*d (undervandsba*d).
> Norsk: undervannsba*t (ofte forkortet uba*t).
> These all refer to submarines in general, not just to WW1 or WW2 German
> submarines exclusively, as we are wont to do.
> Russkij submarine: podvodnaja lodka (podlodka, PL, submarina).
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