'Crazy' and the like in Nahuatl

Gordon Whittaker gwhitta at gwdg.de
Thu Jan 14 19:42:44 UTC 2010

Hi John,

Xolopi'tli (~ xolopihtli) 'idiot, fool' covers the ground quite nicely. My
students enjoy calling each other that, at least. You can find the term in
Frances Karttunen's Analytical Dictionary. For 'crazy' there's a
(Zacapoaxtla) dialect term cua:(yo:l)quepi. Then there's Classical Nahuatl
i:xtepetla for someone stupid, an ignoramus. Classical te:huetzqui:ti' is
'buffoon, joker'.

Hope that helps.


Gordon Whittaker
Linguistische Anthropologie und Altamerikanistik
Seminar fuer Romanische Philologie
Universitaet Goettingen
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