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8 May 2012 (Nuts Nuts means…)

May 8, 2012

My two female co-workers have really gotten in to nail polish recently. It may have to do with the fact that they both have teenage daughters, but they have been switching up their colors much more often, going from maybe once a week to nearly every day.

This morning one of them thrust her fingers in front of us, flaunting her latest color. It was nearly clear but with glitter that sparkled with every movement.

“Oooh… glitter,” I commented, not knowing how to say “glitter” in Hebrew.

Nuts nuts,” my co-worker replied.

I nodded and smiled, but couldn’t help from chuckling inside. What a word in one language could mean in another!

Later on in the day, we somehow got to the topic of various kinds of meat. My boss’s brother also sometimes works with Thai workers, and he told us that “moo” is for pig and “meh” is for cow in Thai.

All very meyanien (interesting in Hebrew) indeed.

最近仕事仲間の女性陣がマニキュアにはまってます。
二人ともマニキュア狂の高校生の娘がいることが影響しているのかもしれませんが、、、
しばらくは一週間に一度程度だった塗り替えも最近では毎日替わることも。

今朝も仕事仲間が新しい色を塗った指先を私たちの目前に突き出しました。
今日は色はとてもおとなしい透明とパールの間。
でもラメが入っていて、ちょっとでも指先を動かすたびにキラキラと光る。

「Oooh, glitter」と私は「ラメ」がヘブライ語でわからなかったので英語で。

そうすると彼女は、「Nuts nuts(ナッツナッツ)!」と答えました。

どうやらヘブライ語で「ラメ」は「ナッツナッツ」だそうです。
一人で静かにウケてました 笑
ある言語で意味する言葉が他の言語では全く違うものに変身するのですね。

その後、職場でなぜかあらゆる種類のお肉の話になりました。
私の上司の弟はたまにタイ人と仕事をするのですが、
タイ人は「モー」が豚を意味し、「メー」は牛を意味するそうです。

とてもメアニエン(ヘブライ語で興味深い)ですね!

Much love,
Kaori

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2012 6:52 pm

    I heard לנצנץ used as a verb a couple days ago and thought of this post! But from context I think it meant “dozing off”… or maybe Shlomo was actually telling me about how he glittered while driving home from work🙂

    • May 14, 2012 7:28 pm

      Haha, maybe my co-worker actually meant her nails were dozing off…🙂
      Yuval told me that it means “sparkle” or “glitter”. There must be some slight difference between the two words that we’re not picking up?

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