Spanish words for pussy

Peter McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Thu Jun 24 17:24:27 UTC 1999

A similar phenomenon occurs between Slavic languages.  For example, the
novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" is "Im Westen nichts Neues"
(literally "In the west, nothing new") in the original German.  The
title is translated into Polish as "We Zachodin Niema Nowyn" (I hope
I've got the spelling right), which is transparent to any Czech as
"There's no newspaper in the toilet."

There are also Serbo-Croatian words which similarly prompt a Czech to
snicker or giggle.

Peter A. McGraw
Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon
pmcgraw at

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