|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 16, 2000, 20:10|
Yoon Ha Lee makes the mistake of asking:
>How *do* various languages present sex?>
The naughty words in Kash:
Acceptable: breast (of fem., there are 4, not particularly large except in
pregrancy/nursing) muso; (of male, also 4, vestigial) mucuso; mumuso the
males nipples, ambuso the womans; wakep yam (+dative) have intercourse
with (lit. join with) ~(pl.subj.) yamakep; yoñ /yoN/ penis (see also below);
onono testicles, oninde ovary (< ono 'egg', +inde 'mother'); lukanga
fem.prostitute, sikanga m. id. both uncommon, I think (compds. with hanga
'hire, rent'); tepet... foreplay (lit. strum, play an instrument); tupatup
(hum., slightly risqué) have intercourse ( <tup, imit. 'bounce'), totola
kiss (< tola 'sniff') i.e. rubbing cheeks and sniffing (there are scent
glands), totolum kiss with the mouth (< foregoing + lum lick)
Vulgarisms and slang:
nananja ~ nanji , a quickie (< nanja collide), cakafonjip touch in an
inappropriate way, grope; paci hole, in several compds.; troki, icitrok,
cakatrok to f*ck; of 2 men, often (hum.) murendik (=wrestle), trok! f*ck,
f*uckit (Burgess forcough); yoyoñ~yoñoñ, yondrak, yonji, ici 'penis';
trokanga ~tronga prostitute of either sex (trok+ hanga hire); mepu e
trasanje masturbate (lit. do the unnecessary).
_yondrak_ 'big...' may be used jocularly between close male friends as a
vocative, more or less "hey, stud.../big fella..."; _yonji_ 'little...'
similarly to adolescent or younger boys (nothing sexual is implied).
Yondrak, in particular, is more fig. than lit.-- there is not very much
anatomical variation in adults.
_trok_ in related languages may mean simply 'poke', deriv. etrok 'fork'; in
this variety of Kash, those meanings have been shifted to trik, etrik, and
most words beginning with tro... are avoided/in disuse. SOUND CHANGE IN
/r/ is trilled, but many now pronounce the cluster /tr/ as in Amer.Engl.,
which leads to occasional confusion with "c" /tS/ and perhaps eventual
Not sexual, but coarse:
fup fart, ca- ~caka-fup to...; fuf! oh sh*t! (-f violates the phonology,
contraction of the impolite noun form fufu)
and the universal:
ta tayondre, me shapalak 'not tonight, I have a headache'.
As I culled the dictionary, lots of possibilities presented themselves; but
no need to do a whole Kama Sutra just now. Roger, D.O.M.