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The Schmetterling Story

The butterfly is one of nature's most endearing and beautiful creatures. It flutters around from place to place with no real plan and does no harm to anyone or anything, rather like a backpacker. Therefore it deserves a word that adequately describes it and which has a sound that is pleasant and easy on the ear, so even if you don't understand the word you can guess that it's something nice and harmless. In French it's Papillon. In Spanish it's Mariposa. Like the English word they are both pleasant and easy on the ear. Even if someone shouts these words across a room at you, you would immediately think it was something harmless and unthreatening. You wouldn't be in the least upset by this.

So imagine my surprise when I found out that the German word for butterfly is Schmetterling.

Now if someone shouts that across the room to you, you'd think you were being insulted, wouldn't you?

Since finding out this word it has become the subject of a worldwide search. I have taken this word to my heart and adopted it as my own. I love it, and named my company after it. I love it because it is so harsh and aggressive sounding, yet it describes something that is far from harsh and aggressive. This, in essence, completely sums up the German language and why the poor Germans are so misunderstood. In truth the German people are very kind, funny and generous people (at least in my experience). It's my ambition to find a word for butterfly that sounds worse than Schmetterling. So if you speak another language then please email me on:
with the word for butterfly in your language, and I will add it to the list below:

French: Papillon
Spanish: Mariposa
Italian: Farfalla
Dutch: Vlinder
Catalan: Papallona
Slovenian: Metulj (pronounced metool)
Japanese: Chou Chou
Greek: Petaloutha
Danish: Sommerfugl
Irish: Fheileacain
Hungarian: Pillangó
Nyadja, the native language of Zambia: Chipempelwa
Arabic, Farasha
Phillipino, Paru Paro
Romanian, Fluture
Latin, Chrysalis
Turkish, Kelebek
Kurdish, Papoulla
Croatian, Leptir
Faroese, Summarfuglur
Portugese, Borboleta
Moroccan Arabic, Fartouto
Yoruba language (Nigeria), labalaba
Russian, babochka
Thai, Pi süag glang wan
Finnish, Perhonen.
Afrikaans: Skoenlapper


If you would like to submit a language not on this list, please email it to me at:

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