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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Iste Bunu Seviyorum!

A few days back. I buy some junk at McDonalds. The pack
has their punchline printed in many world languages, several of them East Asian ( little more than clusters of slashes to my ill-informed eyes). Among the lot, the following line catches the eye: "Iste bunu seviyorum". The initial reaction is "Latin! but why??". Then one reasons: "Maybe during the 'interregnum' in Vatican a whiff of the supposedly dead classical language is in the air".

A little later, one remembers: Hey, 'y' as in 'seviyorum' is not there in Latin. Then, what could it be,... Romanian?

Having quickly run out of guesses, I turn to the all-knowing Google and it reveals it is (most probably).... Turkish! One could have smelt Turkish if the words had some 'glu' endings or some c's with little slashes hovering above; but certainly not when everything about the inscription has such a strong latin flavor - although perhaps not enough of a flavor to impress Benedict XVI (who appears to be against treating Turkey as culturally part of Europe).

Anyways, I'm Lovin It!

Note: While on Turkish, it has at least some words with a Dravidian feel. I'm told, 'Kara' means 'black' in Turkish, just like in Tamil and Malayalam; moreover to make nouns plural Turkish gives them an 'ar' ending - again very Dravidian!


  • At 12:43 AM, Blogger Anand said…

    Interesting piece. I'm Lovin' it!

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger lucaccio said…

    That's really funny: I've just had nearly the same experience of yours. I too had the line catching my eye "iste bunu seviyorum", but, cause I am Italian, it was quite evident for me that it was not latin language. I thought then to romanian, too, but i know a bit of romanian and it was evident that in romanian it had to be instead "este bun" and not "iste bunu" and that the "orum" has nothing to do with romanian, though with latin it does, and then i was thinking to some other misterious latin language i had never known about, until i was very surprised to see on google that it was turkish instead. Finally, on the same google page, i found your article and everything was made definitively clearer! (-;

  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…

    molto grazie, signor lucaccio!
    (well, that pretty much sums up my italian :)

    from your comment, it appears romanian is perhaps not all that far from turkish. intriguing!

    and very belated thanks, anand.

  • At 2:33 AM, Blogger Armin said…

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