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Old 12-02-2009, 08:30 AM
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Foreign language Dopers--What is your word for "fart"?

I'm not talking about "flatuence" or any cute euphemism. What is your equivelant of "fart"?
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:43 AM
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In Spanish the verb 'to fart' is eruptir.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:46 AM
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In Spain the noun is "un pedo." I think the verb is ususally "tirarse un pedo." Spanish varies quite a bit from country to country.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:58 AM
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But does anyone ever pronounce the D in "pedo" apart from in jest?
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:15 AM
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In German, Furz, furzen is the verb. Sounds funny, doesn't it?

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:18 AM
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In French, it's pt (noun) or ptar (verb). See Le Petomaine.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:24 AM
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In Hebrew it's either Nod (pronounced like "node") or Flotz (pronounced like "floats").
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:41 AM
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In German, Furz, furzen is the verb. Sounds funny, doesn't it?
There's also the somewhat more cutesy Pups, with the verb being analogously pupsen.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:42 AM
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In French, it's pt (noun) or ptar (verb). See Le Petomaine.
La Petomaine the GUV in Blazing Saddles. Now the inside joke is known everywhere.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:44 AM
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In (some parts) of Wales, fart is pumff.

In Cantonese it's fong pei, meaning literally "thrown wind".
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:45 AM
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In Russian the verb is пёрнуть (pyornoot') "to fart audibly" or бздеть (bzdet') "to fart silently". The nouns are пердун (perdoon) and бздун (bzdoon), respectively.
The kiddie version is пукнуть (pooknut') "to toot" and пук (pook) "a toot".
Interestingly, an old fart is an old fart - старый пердун (stary perdoon).
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:58 AM
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La Petomaine the GUV in Blazing Saddles. Now the inside joke is known everywhere.
Evidently not.

And Brooks knew where he was stealing the name from.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:09 AM
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In French, it's pt (noun) or ptar (verb). See Le Petomaine.
Pet and pter. And Le Ptomane.

ETA: French doesn't have verbs with infinitive in -ar (unlike Spanish). The first group of verbs are those with infinitive in -er, pronounced /e/.

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Old 12-02-2009, 10:13 AM
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There's also the somewhat more cutesy Pups, with the verb being analogously pupsen.
Yeah, but that's more children's talk. A grown up man would never proudly call his successful evaporation a "Pups".

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Old 12-02-2009, 10:27 AM
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Come on, somewhere on the Dope there must be a Latin scholar....
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:37 AM
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In Chinese its "pee".

"Fong pee" means "to fart" or "farting"
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:03 AM
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But does anyone ever pronounce the D in "pedo" apart from in jest?
Spanish accents vary in how they pronoun the letter d. It's not exactly like the English pronunciation, but I wouldn't say it's completely missing in some accents, either. More like a th. I think Andalucia that has an accent that almost completely omits the d sound except at the beginning of words.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:18 AM
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In Swedish it's fjrt or fis. A really loud one is a brakfis.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:21 AM
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In some Spanish speaking countries pedo has other meanings as well.

"Ponerse pedo" = get high.
"Que pedo traes?" = "What's your beef"

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:34 AM
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We have three 'classes' of farts in finnish, categorized by sound.

pieru = your standard fart
tuhnu = silent (deadly optional)
paukku = short and loud, like a pop
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:51 PM
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In Swedish it's fjrt or fis. A really loud one is a brakfis.
Norwegian has the same, nouns, fjert and fis, verbs, fjerte and fise. Also promp/prompe.

The dictionary claims there's also prupp and pruppe, but I've never heard it before so it must be wrong...

Den som fisen frst ble var,
det er fisens rette far.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:55 PM
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Huh. I always assumed the Guv's name in Blazing Saddles was a reference to ptomaine poisoning.

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Old 12-02-2009, 01:00 PM
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Fun with Japanese:

言い出しっぺ (iidashippe): the one who calls attention to a fart is in fact the farter (the one who brings up a subject must be the first to act upon it)

透かしっ屁 (sukashippe): silent fart

寝っ屁 (neppe): farting while asleep

屁をひって尻窄め (he o hitte shiri tsubame): there's no point squeezing your buttocks after you have farted (use shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted)
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:11 PM
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Spanish accents vary in how they pronoun the letter d. It's not exactly like the English pronunciation, but I wouldn't say it's completely missing in some accents, either. More like a th. I think Andalucia that has an accent that almost completely omits the d sound except at the beginning of words.
No... it's not variation in the pronunciation of the "d". It's just not pronouncing the "d" at all... No attempt... None, zero, zip, completely omitted.

I'm from the Caribbean, and from when I was growing up, I remember Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican natives using "peo" instead of "pedo".

Now that I'm older, I seldom get in a situation where I listen to other Spanish speakers talk about farts, but in the rare occasion they mention it, many of them omit the "d" too.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:14 PM
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I want to add, "pedo" IS the correct word to use. Just mentioning that many people don't use it. Judging by the online RAE's lack of that word in their dictionary, I'll go say that without the d, it is not accepted as a formal word.

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Old 12-02-2009, 01:23 PM
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I'm from the Caribbean, and from when I was growing up, I remember Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican natives using "peo" instead of "pedo".
I have a Puerto Rican coworker, and she leaves out all kinds of letters sometimes, but mostly the "s" virtually all of the time.

In the few regions of Mexican Spanish where I've heard "pedo" pronounced, the Spanish "d" is definitely vocalized. I vocalize it when I say it, but I'm a non-native speaker.

In the north, you can greet a friend with, "Que pedo?, guey."
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:37 PM
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Come on, somewhere on the Dope there must be a Latin scholar....
Surviving Roman texts have two: crepitus for the usual noisy fart, flatus for the SBD. However, both of these words are used in more general ways: <i>crepitus</i> for any kind of rustling sound, <i>flatus</i> for a general blowing/breathing, with ventis - "of the wind" usually included when talking about butt-gas. So I'm guessing these words would fall under the "euphemism" category.

In checking citations, I found this interesting quote from Suetonius' Life of Claudius (32), which I'm sure Suetonius mentions only in as much as it ridicules this emperor:

Dicitur etiam meditatus edictum, quo veniam daret flatum crepitumque ventris in convivio emittendi, cum periclitatum quendam prae pudore ex continentia repperisset. - "It is also said that he considered an edict by which he would allow all kinds of farting flatum crepitumque ventis at table, since he found out that someone had, from modesty, put their life at risk because of such restraint."
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:46 PM
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...adding, the remark about Puerto Rican pedo reminded me of a poem of Catullus (54), where he uses the word peditum to mean fart; I think this is a hapax legomena though...
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:50 PM
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Surviving Roman texts have two: crepitus for the usual noisy fart, flatus for the SBD.
Behold the adventures of Walter: Canis Inflatus

According to Wikipedia's entry on Latin Profanity:

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Pēdere: fart

Pēdō, pēdere, pepēdī (or pepidī), pēditum is the basic Latin word for fart.

Etymology

The word's antiquity and membership in the core inherited vocabulary is made manifest by its reduplicating perfect stem. It is cognate with Greek πέρδομαι (perdomai), English fart, Bulgarian prdi, Polish pierdzieć, Russian пердеть (perdet'), Sanskrit pardate, and Avestan pərəδaiti, all of which mean the same thing.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:43 PM
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In Swedish it's fjrt or fis. A really loud one is a brakfis.
Never heard of those two until this thread; around this house the noun is prutt and the verb is prutta. (My Norstedt's says fjrt is the less vulgar of the two.)
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:08 PM
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Danish is prutte, the infinitive being at prutte.

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Old 12-02-2009, 04:40 PM
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Dutch:
to fart = een scheet laten ('to let a fart'); ruften
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:50 PM
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Hoist with his own petard, indeed.

I'll add the Korean "pongu," and wonder if some languages use an onomatopoic, while others a word to describe the odor.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:57 PM
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I just want to add that this is my favorite thread of the year. It combines two of my favorite things: farts and learning!
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:02 PM
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In Swedish it's fjrt or fis. A really loud one is a brakfis.
Note to self: Never order the "continental brakfis" when staying in a Swedish hotel.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:12 PM
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Note to self: Never order the "continental brakfis" when staying in a Swedish hotel.
Bourbon out the nose!
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:15 PM
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Czech: "prd." Ass is "prdel."
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:23 PM
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However, the common word for fart is onara
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:45 PM
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When I me pedo, me pedo with all the letters, although I try to do it discreetely and not in polite company...

in Spain, "ponerse/estar pedo" means "to get/be drunk," I hadn't encountered it as "high."

A "pedorro," lit. a farter, is a loudmouthed ass.

In Catalan it's pet. This has led to things like my grandmother asking "why does the ass (bottom) of this plastic bottle say 'fart'? Does the bottle lose gas? It was flat water, how does it fart?" We had to explain PET slowly.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:36 PM
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Fun with Japanese:

言い出しっぺ (iidashippe): the one who calls attention to a fart is in fact the farter (the one who brings up a subject must be the first to act upon it)

透かしっ屁 (sukashippe): silent fart

寝っ屁 (neppe): farting while asleep

屁をひって尻窄め (he o hitte shiri tsubame): there's no point squeezing your buttocks after you have farted (use shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted)
The single-character kanji 屁 (pronounced "heh") means "fart". However, the everyday word is spoken as おなら ("onara").
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:57 AM
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Never heard of those two until this thread; around this house the noun is prutt and the verb is prutta. (My Norstedt's says fjrt is the less vulgar of the two.)
Hmm, I'd say that prutta is less vulgar than fjrta.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:14 AM
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Yeah, that would make more sense to me 'cos Mamma and the kids say it all the time.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:29 AM
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Danish is prutte, the infinitive being at prutte.
A "fart" in Danish is a prut. The words fis (at fise) and fjrt (at fjrte) can also be used. The last one is quite uncommon these days.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:16 AM
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In Afrikaans, it's poep, which is pronounced with a "-u-" sound like English "put" or "foot".
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:25 AM
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言い出しっぺ (iidashippe): the one who calls attention to a fart is in fact the farter (the one who brings up a subject must be the first to act upon it)
So I guess "whoever smelt it, dealt it" works in both languages...
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:52 AM
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Does a bear pedo in the woods?
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:30 AM
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Hoist with his own petard, indeed.

I'll add the Korean "pongu," and wonder if some languages use an onomatopoic, while others a word to describe the odor.
방귀, actually. It's pronounced Bang-gwee. That's for the noun. The verb is 방귀를 뀌다 (Bang-gwee-ruel ggwee-da/"to break fart").
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:00 AM
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Does a bear pedo in the woods?
Most pedos aren't bears. They're usually little scrawny guys.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:39 AM
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:11 AM
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So I guess "whoever smelt it, dealt it" works in both languages...
In Latin it would be: Quisquis olfecit, effecit.
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