Sunday, August 21, 2016

Unreal Words

In English we use words that aren't words, like mmm-hmm and a'ight. But they also do in other languages

A'ight yo, coo'.


  1. Reminds me of a joke that went something like this.

    American to his friend at the beach: HI, MY DUTCH FRIEND!!!

    Dutch reply to the American: AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! EVACUATE THE BEACH!!!!! (haai = shark)

  2. I'm Kenyan,in Nairobi the capital city - a melting pot of different cultures. For the longest time thought I just had a knack for annoying the Somalis I was dealing with in a retail situation. As I was trying to clarify something where the answer was "yes" I'd get a response that sounds like a sigh.

    Eventually I realized that's yes in Somali. And also later discovered the Sudanese make a similar sound (but I can't recall where the difference is, it's just a slight difference).

    The sound is very close to "mscheww" without the M part.