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Cool word of the month, February 2005

perkele (Finnish, noun) - devil (also an expletive)

Previous months' cool words:

January, 2005: kinu (Japanese, noun) - silk
December, 2004: krung (Thai, noun) - city, cf. krung thep (city of angels, old name of Bangkok)
November, 2004: tane (Archnin, noun) - blood (see tanelos)
October, 2004: izulu (Zulu, noun) - interplanetary space
September, 2004: phensem (Tibetan, noun) - an beneficent attitude towards others
August, 2004: si2 pu3 (Chinese, noun) - recipe (literally, "meal score")
July, 2004: entspannung (German, noun) - relaxation
June, 2004: anapauesthai (Koine Greek, verb) - to stand still
May, 2004: tvære (Norwegian, verb) - to stretch, especially a conversation or a farewell (definition provided by tamf)
April, 2004: ber-engro (Romany, noun) - lit. "ship's master", a mariner
March, 2004: calad (Sindarin, noun, "light")
February, 2004: su (Chinese, adjective/noun) - 1. flaky; 2. a baked or good with a crisp or flaky consistency, such as a cookie
January, 2004: pizdarija (Croatian, noun; vulgar) - something messed-up, feeble, or ridiculous (definition provided by jereeza)
December, 2003: basherte (Hebrew, noun) - "apportioned one" (implication of predestined/ordained mate; courtesy of yahvah)
November, 2003: panmictic (English, adjective, "exhibiting random mating within a breeding population")
October, 2003: kreteno (Esperanto, slang noun, "idiot")
September, 2003: kawai (Japanese, adjective, "cute")
August, 2003: ser (Spanish, intransitive verb, "to be")
July, 2003: cordillera (Spanish, noun, "principal mountain system of a continent")
June, 2003: kallüsáráyam (Tamil, noun, "illicit liquor")
May, 2003: hoh (Singlish, particle, "connective expression of expected agreement")
April, 2003: tmesis (English, noun, "separation of the parts of a compound word for humorous effect")
March, 2003: nerazreshimost (Russian, noun, "undecidability")


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Banazir

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banazir
Feb. 22nd, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: I love these!
A language that has a single word for that truly is cool.
Yep. I like Spanglish lamost as much as Chonese, which has poetical terms or stratagemas for lamost everythink.

You might want to warn your readers that pizdarija is not used in polite conversation, tho'. ;)
So nooted! I went and edited evrey month to indicate such.
Thanks for the suggestion, and thanks again for giving me the word!

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Banazir
nobuddy69
Feb. 22nd, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
WHEE!! Lobbying WORKS!!! Funny fact - German soldiers stationed in Finland during WWII often thought "Perkele" was the most common name for a horse over here...
banazir
Feb. 22nd, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
Perkele!
Why, acos eople kept cussing their horses?

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Banazir
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