Terms of Endearment

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Mental Floss (where knowledge junkies get their fix) has a page on Facebook from which I have shamelessly stolen this link because it’s SO worth sharing.  You need never run out of cutesy names for your spouse, children, pets, and best friends ever again.

1. “Mon chou”

French, meaning “my cabbage.”

2. “Schnuckiputzi”

German for “cutie pie.”

3. “Sötnos”

“Sweet nose” in Swedish.

4. “Meu Chuchuzinho”

Portuguese for “my little squash.”

5. “Moya Solnishka”

Russian for “my little sun.”

6. “Mijn Bolleke”

“My little round thing” in Flemish.

7. “Bogárkám”

Hungarian, meaning “my little bug.”

8. “Mi cielito”

“My little sky” in Spanish.

9. “Mijn poepie”

A quirky Dutch term for “my little poop.”

10. “Matakia mou”

Greek for “my little eyes.”

11. “Microbino mio”

“My little microbe” in Italian.

12. “Moosh bekhoradet”

“May a mouse eat you” in Persian.

13. “Mo Chuisle”

Irish for “my pulse.”

14. “Min guldklump”

Danish, meaning “my gold nugget.”

15. “Ma puce”

French for “my flea.”

Personally I am now questioning the sanity of the Persians and the Dutch.

Adding to the fun, here’s another link from Mental Floss with alternatives to saying a simple hello.

1) “What’s the craic?”

How they say “What’s up?” in Ireland. The craic (pronounced “crack”) is the news, gossip, latest goings-on, or the fun times to be planned.

2) “How hops it?”

Be classically cool with this late 19th-century slang for “How’s it going?”

3) “Ahoy”

Add a little jaunty excitement by getting into pirate mode.

4) [Hat tip]

Be the strong, silent type and forgo words entirely with an elegant tip of your hat.

5) “There he/she is!”

Make someone feel like the man or the woman of the hour.

6) “Ciao”

Feeling friendly and cosmopolitan? “Ciao” will set the mood. Add a kiss on each cheek for authenticity.

7) “S.P.D.S.V.B.E.E.V”

Want to write a letter with a classical Latin feel? Open with this abbreviation for Salute plurimam dicit. Si vales, bene est, ego valeo. “Many greetings. If you’re well, then that’s good, and I’m well too.”

8) “Salutations”

Show off your verbal dexterity with this gentleman’s greeting.

9) “Greetings”

Or keep it simple and use the word that means just what it says.

10) “Howdy”

Keep it casual, cowpoke, or get fancier with a full-on “Howdydo?”

11) “Aloha”

Bring a little mellow sunshine to your interactions by greeting the Hawaiian way.

12) “Namaste”

Start with a show of respect. This peaceful greeting comes from the Sanskrit for “I bow to you.”

13) “How’s tricks?”

You’ve got to smile when you dust off this gem from the 1920s.

14) “Breaker, breaker”

Open the conversation like a trucker on a CB radio.

15) “Well, look at you!”

Reminiscent of the sweet way your grandma used to express how impressed she was with you. Why not spread the love around with this opening?

And why not choose a random number from each list and combine the two??  It’s not like you have anything better to do on a Sunday, right?  Well maybe you do.  I don’t.

So –  How hops it, schnuckiputzi?  Microbino mio – well – just look at you!

The possibilities are truly mind-boggling. But that’s what Mental Floss is all about, boggles for the mind.  And there you go.  Don’t ever say I have never contributed to your brain scrambled weekend.

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Difficult to Imagine

The table topic question for today:

how

will our culture

change in the

next 100 years

Who decides where the stupid breaks are in these questions with no question marks, and how do they determine the way the words will line up?  I find that weird, and I don’t know why.  And that’s just some introductory blather to delay having to actually answer this question, because it’s a hard one.

All I can say for sure is that there will be a definite GLOBAL culture.  We’re getting more and more mixed up all the time. We move all over the place and we can travel anywhere in the world.   Traditions are not so ingrained because we allow ourselves to experience and adopt whatever we want from cultures that are different from our own.  And then we incorporate parts of those traditions into our own, with variations. We’re more willing to study and understand our human differences, and that will make us realize how much we are basically all the same.   I think people will be much more open to change, and willing to do new things.  Thinking will be on the lines of - okay, that worked then, but now perhaps this will work better – and we’ll be better able to anticipate the consequences of our actions and make informed decisions and agree for the benefit of the majority, and no one’s ultimate detriment.  We will all have access to unlimited knowledge.  There will be no reason and no excuse for ignorance.

Well, in a perfect world that would all be true.  Maybe our world won’t even be around in another 100 years.  We seem to be hell-bent on obliterating it completely.   If there are wars, I hope they’re virtual ones, fought on computer screens for points. I hope we don’t lose the ability to actually speak to each other, and that all this mad texting is just a phase.  I hope we learn tolerance and acceptance and how to love unconditionally,  and what we have to do to keep our world at peace.

And if we don’t get it right and the earth blows up, oh well.  Catch you later in another dimension.