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Day: February 25, 2016

Where is the heart of the Balkans?

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Posted in categories: Culture, Modern Greek

From linguistic criteria (having the most features of the Balkan sprachbund ), FWIW, it’s the Bulgaro-Macedonian language continuum, with Albanian a close second, then Romanian/Aromanian, Greek halfway in, and Serbian, Romany and Turkish peripheral. Dunno about Ladino. Dimitra as a northerner would be more enthusiastic about the Balkan affiliation of Greece than me as a […]

What are the different fingers called in other languages and cultures?

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

Modern Greek: thumb: μεγάλο δάχτυλο “big finger” (vernacular) thumb: αντίχειρας “opposite to the hand” (formal) index finger: δείκτης “pointer” (i.e. index) (formal) middle finger: μέσος “middle” ring finger: παράμεσος “next-to-middle” little finger: μικρό δάχτυλο “little  finger” (vernacular) little finger: ωτίτης “ear finger” (i.e. use to scratch the ear) (formal) … If you go online, you’ll […]

Is djent an irregular verb?

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Posted in categories: English, Linguistics

Djent (which I hadn’t heard of coz I don’t get out much… … oh hang on, it’s the onomatopoeia! Djent djent djent. OK, carry on… ) could be a verb, sure. It’s English, we do that. We had a DJ here (the famous Molly Meldrum ) get in legal trouble 30 years ago, because he […]

How do you say swear words in Greek?

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

With gusto? *Look at his stats* *Finds that his most popular answer ever is  Nick Nicholas’ answer to What does the Greek word “malaka” mean?* *Breathes in* Let’s go with Lenny Bruce’s 9 dirty words, the predecessor to George Carlin’s Seven dirty words . ass κώλος. Cognate with colon. Is used for both arse and […]

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