Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New Slang

Georgian language is supposed to be one of the hardest to learn. It is unrelated to any major language group and I'm a little worried about the difficulty. If you don't pick up the language quickly in the first couple weeks of training they send you home.

A Georgian word holds the record from most consecutive consonants without a vowel (8--vprtskvni--I am peeling it).

The first Georgian word I learned is "dundulebi" which is the part of the body where the butt meets the thigh. The term somehow derives from how or where you hang a goat when you're gutting it. So I'm on my way.

3 Comments:

Anonymous sai said...

so i found did a quick search for georgian slang and found that 'vobla sushonaya', which means 'smoked fish', is slang for an emotionally unresponsive person. i wonder how it's related to the term 'cold fish' (which i think is more current in British English than American English).

oh, and berber, spoken in Morocco, also has crazy consonant clusters like Georgian.

being a linguist is a blessing and a curse. mostly a curse.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous buck said...

mmmmmm,dundulebi. one of my favorite regions.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Ali said...

...just had to clarify this one...the problem with 'vobla sushonaya' is that it is not actually Georgian...but it does mean 'smoked fish' in Russian - the two languages have no linguistic connection and are not members of the same family. Georgian happens to be in its own language family - the smallest around. Believe me, you would be hard pressed to find an emotionally unresponsive Georgian.

10:04 AM  

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