Posted by: colonyofbirchmen | October 2, 2009

Word of the Day

I was amused today to learn that the Hindi word pukka (S, did this ever come up when you were around?) is fairly standard British English. You should do a google.co.uk search and look at some of the hits. Unfortunately the marijuana seed distributor Pukka Seeds went out of business.

– B

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Responses

  1. whoa! one of the first hits was a definition, and it said the english word meant “genuine” and came from the hindi word meaning “ripe”. so it looks like bh represented the word accurately after all!
    -A

  2. Pukka did come up the last time i was at birch (maybe the last two times?).

    When i first read this post, the “possibly related” links sent me to a site with a dutch word of the day. here are some highlights:

    Bromfiets = scooter — literal translation: a bike (”fiets”) which makes lound humming noises (”brommen”).

    Tippelprostitutie = street prostitution — literally, “tippelen” means sneaking around on ones toes, so you can practically picture prostitutes quietly tippeling along the side of the street looking for a john.

    Related, to Tippelprostitutie is afwerkplekken, which you can find out about here: http://crookedtimber.org/2008/11/19/what-do-suvs-and-luxury-cars-have-in-common/

    I went off to find other interesting literal translations of dutch words/phrases and came across these:

    Unrelated to prostitutes, but related to the usage of pukka:
    “Dat is geen zuivere koffie” = “that’s no pure coffee” colloquially means “that is suspicious/not to be trusted”. The word “Zuiver” can be translated as “clean” and “pure”, used in both literal and figurative meanings.

    More coffee phrases:
    To order a cafe latte in dutch, use the phrase “koffie verkeerd” = “wrong coffee”

    “Op de koffie komen”: 1. to drop by for coffee (lit.); 2. to be faced with the consequences of one’s actions (fig.).

    “Dat is andere koffie”: that’s something else (Lit.: “that’s other coffee”).

    I found these last phrases here: http://dwotd.web-log.nl/

    -S

  3. So how come no one has implemented drive-through prostitution?

    – B

  4. someone has: http://www.bizzia.com/franchisepick/sexpresso-prostitution-at-grab-n-go/

    -S


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