Tuesday, December 18, 2007

monkey

We briefly interrupt our regularly scheduled radio silence to bring you the following message:
If you haven't read languagehat's latest post yet, go do it, like, now. And then contact your local bookstore / Amazon knock-off to get your own copy of Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit.

Mr. Hat was kind enough to ask me to comment on the Czech / Slovak section and perhaps even to add a few entries. Happy to oblige, I produced a 2000-word essay on the subject of Slovak insults and curses. Needless to say, only some of it got into the book. As for the rest, while you wait for your copy of Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit (or, if you're in the US, while you wait for your copies to be printed), here's my original essay as just a little something to whet your appetite.

To be honest, I'm somewhat miffed that they left out "Pojebali kone voz". After all, it doesn't get much more untranslatable - let alone much more Slovak - than this. Perhaps if I had mentioned that it can also be sung...? The tune is Nebola som veselá and the full lyrics go like this:

/: Pojebali kone voz, pojebali kone voz :/
/: A teraz, má milá, na piči si drevo [seno] nos :/

Ah well, maybe there'll be more room in the sequel.

In any case, congratulations to Mr. Hat and let us all hope this is just the first of many!

26 comments:

cjmr said...

Hey! A post! Amazing!

Merry Christmas, bulbul!

Language said...

Amazing indeed, and thanks for the plug!

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"I hesitate to ask, but I must: "half and half", we're talking about a beverage here, right?"

On the chance that this is a sincere question:

The sentence as written by vanya (purposefully or not) sounded like the stereotypical way a madame (owner/manager of a brothel) would spoke to clients (at least in old movies).

I assume you understand bl*wj*b.
Well a half and half is (supposedly) one of the standard ... services of brothels. Basically it starts with oral and ends with conventional intercourse.

David Marjanović said...

Was man nicht alles lernt...

David Marjanović said...

Was man nicht alles lernt...

David Marjanović said...

Oh. Blogger.com reported an error, so I tried again...

bulbul said...

michael,

thanks for the explanation. One day, we shall meet in person over a beer or something like that and hopefully you'll tell me how you know these things :)

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