Leit Sabon - Lexical Gaps! (was: Words for "boredom")
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 17, 2002, 20:03|
On Mon, 17 Jun 2002 15:25:10 -0400 John Cowan <jcowan@...>
> Thomas R. Wier scripsit:
> > (I mean, it's
> > clear that modern tribes in the forests of New Guinea had until
> > recently no reason to have a word for "gun" or "penicillin",
> Dougie's lovely list of lexical gaps:
> # [H]ow do you say "skyjacking" in Hunnish, or "ribosome" in
> # or "jazzercise" in Aramaic?
> John Cowan <jcowan@...>-
Actually, i once knew someone who used to tell the "No Soap Radio" joke
in Aramaic. It went something like this:
Trei pilei havu b'ambatya.
Pila hhad eimar, "hav na sabona."
Pila trei eimar, "leit sabon - radyo!"
Of course, |radyo| was a flagrant borrowing from Modern Hebrew... :-P
"There is darkness all around us;
but if darkness *is*,
and the darkness is of the forest,
then the darkness must be good."
~ song of the BaMbuti in troubled times