Fancy - a little language course

Today I found a great word to show how context sensitive the English language can be. Since I fancy my Langenscheidts dictionary I want to share my knowledge with you.. since Udo Jürgens "Weichei" was involved, please don't ask me how I came up with "fancy"..

fan·cy ['¦‘®³ê] I. s. 1. Fanta'sie f: a) Einbildungskraft f, b) Fanta'sievorstellung f, c) (bloße) Einbildung;

2. I'dee f, plötzlicher Einfall m: I have a fancy that ich habe so eine Idee, dass;

3. Laune f, Grille f;

4. (individu'eller) Geschmack;

5. (for) Neigung f (zu), Vorliebe f (für), Gefallen n (an dat.): have a fancy for gern haben (wollen) (acc.), Lust haben zu od. auf (acc.); take a fancy to Gefallen finden an (dat.), sympathisch finden (acc.); take (od. catch) s.o.s fancy jemandem gefallen; just as the fancy takes you nach Lust u. Laune;

6. coll. the fancy die (Sport-, Tier- etc.)Liebhaberwelt;

II. adj.

7. Fantasie..., fan'tastisch: fancy name Fantasiename m; fancy price Fantasie-, Liebhaberpreis m;

8. Mode...: fancy article;

9. (reich) verziert, bunt, kunstvoll, ausgefallen, extrafein: fancy cakes feines Gebäck; fancy car schicker Wagen; fancy dog Hund m aus einer Liebhaberzucht; fancy foods Delikatessen; fancy words contp. geschwollene Ausdrücke;

III. v/t.

10. sich jemanden od. etwas vorstellen: fancy (that)! a) stell dir vor!, b) sieh mal einer an!, nanu!; fancy meeting you here! nanu, du hier?;

11. glauben, denken, annehmen;

12. fancy o.s. sich einbilden (to be zu sein), sich halten für: fancy o.s. (very important) sich sehr wichtig vorkommen;

13. gern haben od. mögen: I dont fancy this suit dieser Anzug gefällt mir nicht;

14. Lust haben (auf acc.; doing zu tun): I could fancy an ice cream ich hätte Lust auf ein Eis;

15. fancy up Am. ugs. aufputzen, ,Pfiff geben˜ (dat.)

'fan·cy-'free adj. frei u. ungebunden

fan·cy man s. [irr.] sl. 1. ,Louis˜ m, Zuhälter m;

2. Liebhaber m

fan·cy pants s. Am. sl. 1. ,feiner Pinkel˜;

2. ,Waschlappen˜ m

fan·cy wom·an s. [irr.] 1. Geliebte f;

2. Prostituierte f

So what is this all about? I have a fancy, that you might need the above translation to understand this text. I’m in fact fancy-free, which does not necessarily mean that I wouldn’t fancy fancy articles, although I indeed wouldn’t push it with fancy women. I try to write like my fancy takes me, but I don’t fancy on my English skills, so I should not use any more fancy words.


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  1. georg says:

    *Hehe, very cool, in my fancy there rises a fancy for the fancy word fancy ;-)

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