Sunday, November 13, 2005

Condom vs Perse

Did you know that in France there is a town of about 8 000 inhabitants, called Condom? A-ha, that's right - a pretty interesting name for a town for those who speak English. The town council of Condom have given up the hopes of putting up a sign that declares the arrival to the city as the sneaky tourists will always find a way how to take it off and bring it home as a souvenir.

But did you know that there's a river in Latvia, called Perse? Well, if you don't speak Estonian this will not mean anything to you, but those who do... ooops, I'm sorry for being a bit rude (for in Estonian, as far as I know, this is the word they use to call your but).
However, this is only one of the words that seems funny to those who understand both of the languages, namely, Estonian and Latvian. In Estonian the word plika means a young girl (?) while in Latvian that would mean a naked girl. Then, while in Latvian lentenis means a cestoid, in Estonian it goes something like flying leg (?)!
Oh, here's a good one: while in Estonian kuule means something like hey, listen, what do you think about... then in Latvian that stands really close to the designation of male genitals...

But what I enjoy most of these is the kindest word of all: THANK YOU or aitah in Estonian... I just can't help but call everyone whom I thank... sheep... for this is what this word means in Latvian :)



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