It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by spanick » 23 Jul 2017 05:43

Tötski Gotski (formerly called Tözisk Gutisk)
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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by marvelous » 24 Jul 2017 10:56

Want to translate this into all the Lonian languages, but feel like atm I only have time and energy for one.

:con: Ganur Lon

There are polite ways to say this and vulgar ways to say it. First the polite ways:

Up ec caskjim.
/up ec ˈcaskjim/
up ec cask-j-im
be DEM crap-INDEF.SBJ-speak
"That is spoken crap."

Up ec caskjong.
/up ec ˈcaskjong/
up ec cask-j-ong
be DEM crap-INDEF.SBJ-write
"That is written crap."

Now the vulgar ways:

Up ec cacjim.
/up ec ˈcacjim/
up ec cac-j-im
be DEM shit-INDEF.SBJ-speak
"That is spoken shit."

Up ec cacjong.
/up ec ˈcacjong/
up ec cac-j-ong
be DEM shit-INDEF.SBJ-write
"That is written shit."

Cask is, of course, a minced oath for cac. It is no more offensive than heck is in English, and is much more widely used.
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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Lambuzhao » 24 Jul 2017 13:49

Lambuzhao, god I'm envious of you reading Coptic. I know the alphabet is just stylized Greek, but I've never put the time into learning the language.
I'm happy to push the discussion into 'terra incognita'. But, truthfully, sometimes it's not just the alphabet that's stylized :ell:, a lot of the vocabulary is :ell: , too. [:S] Depending on what you're reading, almost all of it might be :ell: in origin (save the Articles, Conjunctions, Coverbs, PRNs).

It is delightful and refreshing (albeit tenuous at times) to be able find out just how Egyptian a Coptic word may be.


And there's the whole 'Coptic Question':
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40784826?s ... b_contents

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Iyionaku » 05 Oct 2017 09:41

Very good one from :idn: Indonesian:

Itu bahasa planet.
[itu baˈhasa plaˈnet]
DEM language planet
That's the language of a planet.
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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by marvelous » 05 Oct 2017 10:06

Another, older way of saying it in Ganur Lon that I just rediscovered:

Up ec ganet cane.
/up ec ˈga.net ˈca.ne/
be PRO.3SG language-more.general PRO.DAT-1SG

"That's a quasi-language to me." or "That's gibberish to me."
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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Alessio » 05 Oct 2017 19:00

:ita: Italiano
Per me è arabo.
/per me ε 'arabo/
for 1SG.OBJ be.3SG Arabic
That's Arabic to me.
:ita: :eng: [:D] | :fra: :esp: [:)] | :rus: :nld: [:|] | :deu: :fin: :ell: [:(] | :con: Hecathver, Hajás

Tin't inameint ca tót a sàm stê żǒv'n e un po' cajoun, mo s't'armâgn cajoun an vǒl ménga dîr t'armâgn anc żǒven...

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by lsd » 05 Oct 2017 19:30

:urban auxlang: WTF
(pronunciation depends on L1)

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Parlox » 05 Oct 2017 20:26

Wakuhili
Ta lu kamvu
COP.PRES OMN.ABTC death
Everything is death

Pod
Yn dås rovåuom naddok
IMP DIST fish-COM. sword
That’s fish with a sword!
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  • :con: Oddúhath Claire, a fusion of Welsh and Arabic.

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by ixals » 05 Oct 2017 21:31

:con: Cissian

То е за мене́ как кита́йски.
To je za mjenjé kak kitájsk-i.
/to je za mʲeˈnʲe kak kiˈtaj.ski/
this.M.SG.NOM be.3SG.PRS to 1SG.ACC like Chinese-M.SG.NOM

This is like Chinese to me.
Native: :deu:
Learning: :gbr:, :fra:, :por:, :tur:

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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Iyionaku » 09 Oct 2017 11:35

:con: Ular

我为语越聽。
Lăn nùng jōvӑr ój.

1SG to Vietnamese hear
It's all Vietnamese to me.
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Re: It's all Greek to me (idiomatic)

Post by Reyzadren » 10 Oct 2017 15:22

:con: griuskant (without the conscript)

zhe az vaep iuz aesk.
/ʒə az 'vep iuz esk/
this is nonsense upon 1SG
This is nonsense to me.
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