Language games

with Romanian:

Prieten (Ro) – means “friend” in Romanian.
Prietelis (Li) – means “friend” in Lithuanian.

Doina (Ro) – in ancient Romanian means “song”.
Daina (Li) – means “song”.
Schimb (Ro) (pronounce skimb) means “change”
Skamba (Li)- means “to sound”. I am quite sure that the sound of coins could have been the reason for using the word in both languages.

with Hungarian:

“Kibir” (Hu) means “to hold”. In Lithuanian is “kibiras” a bucket, to carry water.
“Gomb” (Hu) means button in Hungarian. “Gumbas” means “bruise” in Lithuanian.

another one:

“Flamand” means “hungry” in Romanian. I was wondering about the connection. Maybe there were many hungry Flemish who would eat everything up? Not far from Brasov, in the area which used to be a swamp, a sophisticated meliorations system from …. century was found. The geologians say that these days only Dutch or Flemish would have been able to install. So, the possibility, that Flemish were hungry after they constructed channels near Brasov were hungry is not absolutely absurd. 🙂
The confusion with Flemish must have occurred naming the music of Spanish Gypsies “Flamenco”. Since there is no other explanation than that during the Spanish rule in Netherlands the Flemish were perceived as strangers in Spain and the same word was used to name Gypsies.

(maybe there is some other explanation, if you know, tell!)

2006.07.24 Sibiu, Romania

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One Response to “Language games”

  1. kas gali buti kitaip? galima priekine sedyne pasukti taip, kad nugara ziures i priesais eleje surikiuotuos katerius ir mazas jachtas. sitoj eilej stovi tiktai caravanas. keliu sliuzai. ziuriu i kaimyna, jis net satelitine lekste turi uzsikeles. mes varom senu vw transporteriu, surudijes kaip vinis is lauko ir apsilupinejes, uztat motoras jo labai graziai dirba. beveik kaip naujas ir vidus. tik per aukstas, ivaziuojant i Latvija pro Sventaja uzmirsau, kad turim bure ant stogo, tai isireziau stogu i muitininku posta. prakiuro vienoje vietoje Diogenes plastikinis virsus ir nubyrejo Latvijas pasienio posto tinkai. zadejo jie ten policijas kviesti, tada i jo klausima, o kas jei nekviesim, pasiuliau 7 eurus (5 bilietu ir 2 moneta). Paziurejo kaip suo i varske tas pasienietis ir paleido. nezinau, ar is gailescio mums ar sau paciam, kad su tokiais dar prasidejo. ka is tokio vw gali tiketis! gyvenu Tallino uoste jau visa popiete. jie tai varys i Helsinki, as greiciausiai liksiu Talline. veza vien nuo minties, kad pagyvensiu uoste beveik savaite! siaure cia. siaure ir kvepia. perskaiciau tavo post’us ir perziurejau nuotraukas. siandien daugiau nieko nebenoriu. sakiau, eisiu nakti purvino banginio grafiti ispiesti kur ant sienos, bet kazkaip noras praejo. kazkaip daug visko perskaiciau. eisiu miegot geriau. antram aukste, tiesiai virs mano galvos langelis, pro jo matosi zvaigzdes, o ryte – dangus. panasus i erdvu karsta su langeliu tas mano loft’as. apatiniai apartamentai jau knarkia. uoste, kaip minejau esu ir klausausi visa laika tavo FT Rounds irasu. siandien perskaiciau tokia minty, kad kvaila Zeme vadinti tokiu vardu, kai diziaja jos dali sudaro vanduo. Okeanas, turetu vadintis sita planeta. O as, kaip minejau, gyvenu uoste.

    P:S: Kai matysi nakti mirksincia zvaigzde, tai ten as tau merksiu paziures pro savo langeli prakiurusiame Diogenes stoge. molts molts petons, carinyo!

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