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idiot

Page history last edited by Risto Kupsala 13 years, 7 months ago

a foolish person

used as a derogatory word

 


 

East-Asian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
hua普通话
wu 吳語
yue粤语
hak客家
min閩方言
kor한국어 바보pabo
jpn日本語 バカ, アホbaka, aho
vieTiếng Việt
taiไทย คนโง่เง่า, ไอ้งั่ง, ตุ่นkʰon ŋo:ŋau, aiŋaŋ, tun
myaဗမာစာ

 

Indo-European languages

 

European languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
ellελληνικά
deuDeutsch Idiot, Dummkopfidiot, dumkopf
engEnglish idiot, fool, moronidiət, fu:l, mɔ:rɒn
frafrançais idiot, conidjo, kõ
itaitaliano idiota, tontoidiota, tonto
eslespañol idiota, tontoidiota, tonto
porportuguês idiota, bobo, palermaidiotə, bobu, pɐleɾmɐ
polpolski idiotaidiota
ukrукраїнська
rusрусский идиот, болван, дуракidiot, bolvan, durak

 

Indo-Iranian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
benবাংলা বোকাboka
gujગુજરાતી gəbo, gəbi, murəkʰ
hinहिन्दी मूर्खmu:rəkʰ
marमराठी
panਪੰਜਾਬੀ
urdاردو
fasفارسی

 

Dravidian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
kanಕನ್ನಡ
telతెలుగు
tamதமிழ்

 

Austronesian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
indbahasa Indonesiaorang tolol, orang bodohoraŋ tolol, oraŋ bodoh
javbasa Jawa
tgltagalog

 

Ural-Altaic languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
finsuomi hölmö, tyhmä, typerys, pöljä, idiootti
hunmagyar idióta, mafla, ostobaidio:ta, mafla, ostoba
turTürkçe

 

Afro-Asian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
araالعربية
amhአማርኛ
ormoromoo
hauhausa

 

Niger-Congo languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
manmandingo
fulfulfulde
yorYorùbá òmùgọ̀omugɔ
iboigbo ogoli, onuku, atụlụ, nzuzuogoli, onuku, atʊlʊ, nzuzu
konkikongo zobazoba
linlingála
rwakinyarwanda
swakiswahili mpumbavu, zuzumpumbavu, zuzu
zulisizulu

 

Amerindian languages

CodelanguagenounIPA
grnavañe'ẽ
querunasimi

Comments (6)

Anonymous said

at 3:48 am on Jan 20, 2006

I'm wondering whether it's necessary to have pages on words like this. On one hand, it's an important word, but on the other, it's the kind of word that quickly changes as people come up with new ones. In English, we have dozens of words that can mean stupid: moron, jackass, nitwit, dumb, retard, etc. So I think that even if such a word is not created for an IAL, people will rapidly come up with many imaginative candidates!

Anonymous said

at 9:01 am on Jan 20, 2006

The same in French... But idiot has also a medical sense: a person of IQ not above 20, and unable to speak.

Anonymous said

at 10:52 am on Jan 20, 2006

I think words like this are needed. "Idiot" is as important as "genius". Besides, "idiot" and "dumb" have survived centuries in English. People can come up with new imaginative words, but it's good that there's one in the dictionary to aid people who don't have that much imagination or courage to coin their own words.
I didn't mean the medical sense of the word, you should add another table for that.

Anonymous said

at 1:08 pm on Jan 20, 2006

I found that the medical sense is now obsolete...

Anonymous said

at 1:34 pm on Jan 20, 2006

It's difficult to translate such a word. I never use "idiot" in my daily life, despite I can understand it. The more widely used word for a "foolish person" is "con" (Jens certainly know it ;-) The problem is that "con" is not very international.

Anonymous said

at 1:46 pm on Jan 20, 2006

That's OK. The words don't have to be international, just common French words. I remember seeing a French movie where one dude said often "Quel con!" or something like that. :-)

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