Friday, 27 August 2010

Why Bavarian is not the Language of Love

Did you know that Bavarians have no word for love? That’s what the BBC claims at any rate. Reporting on the work of a Yorkshire academic, Anthony Rowley, who is an expert on the Bavarian regional language, Bayerische, the BBC says that the nearest the language comes to expressing love is “I like you” (I mog di) though it does have a colourful range of insults (Oide Zwidawur'n = Grumpy old git; Beiss Zehnd zam und machs Mei auf, wendawosnedbasd! = Like it or lump it (or, literally: Clench your teeth and open your gob if you don't approve).

Read more on the BBC site.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty silly. If Bavarian has no word for 'love', neither does French, which also uses the single word aimer for both 'like' and 'love'. Russians have separate words for 'light blue' and 'dark blue', but think it strange that anglophones have separate words for 'red' and 'pink', which is obviously just a light red.