What does SVEIKS! mean?


It is Hello! in Latvian.

This is why I love the Dope. Asked and answered in half an hour.

How is “sveiks” pronounced?

About the way it’s spelled… “svayks.” I believe Sveiks means hello, goodbye, cheers, and a few other things, kind of the Latvian Aloha.

Rhymes with “shakes”?

Damn, I was hoping it rhymed with “yikes.”


Well thanks!

Now, what about the pictures of the man, looks like a picture from the 50’s era, smoking a pipe. Sometimes you see them all over the place.


Here you go:


Not that it will make any more sense. There are a couple of old threads about it, I believe.