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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 > Phoenician, > # 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 -Stephen (Steg) "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