Nadsat (was: Re: CONLANG T-Shirt: "Your yahzick...")
|From:||Matt Pearson <jmpearson@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 12, 1999, 22:49|
Brook Conner wrote:
>> It's a mainly slavic relex of english, based in the future. There's
>> all kinds of other slang terms, backformations and borrowings
>> (including Romany IIRC) in there. My favourite is <charles> for
>> <non-denominational priestly person>.
>Yep. Some of the other slavic ones that haven't been mentioned
>rassodock - mind, as in to make up one's rassodock
>tolchuk - hit or strike
>gulliver - "golovo" in anglicized Russian, for head (same kind of mod
> as horror show from "xorosho"
>lomtick - slice, as in lomticks of toast
>britva - razor (I think - may be misremembering this one)
You got it right. But "tolchuk" should be "tolchock", a wonderful
word. Along with folk etymologies like "horrorshow" (< "xorosho")
and "gulliver" (< "golovo"), there's also "millicents" = "police, pigs"
Oh, and "charles" should be "charlie", meaning, of course,
Somebody already mentioned the wordplay element to Nadsat -
using "eggiweg" for "egg" and so on. My favourite is when wordplay
is applied to the slavicisms. So alongside "malchick" (= boy, guy),
we occasionally get the emphatic form "malchickiwick".
In addition to these elements, there's also acronyms and other
abbreviations, such as "staja" for "state jail" (= penitentiary),
and "pee and em" for "pop and mum" (= parents).