Monique and I have been adding a lot of Drop the Handkerchief Games to Mama Lisa’s World. This got Monique thinking about the actual meaning of handkerchief in different languages. Here are some of her thoughts…
In English, "handkerchief" is a kerchief you hold or take in your hand. "Kerchief" comes from the French term "couvre-chef" = "headcover" (headscarf). I didn’t know that!
In Italian, it’s Fazzoletto meaning "little fazzuolo" = "little kerchief".
In Spanish, it’s "pañuelo" meaning "little paño" = "little piece of fabric".
There’s also "mocador" in Spanish, which is the equivalent of the French "mouchoir" meaning "something to blow one’s nose with". In Occitan, the language of the Troubadours, it’s "mocador". The same meaning as French.
In Portuguese, it’s "lencinho" meaning "little lenço" = "little sheet" or "little piece of fabric".
In German it’s "Taschentuch" = "a cloth you put in your pocket"
What do you call a handkerchief in your language and what does it mean?"
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