Archive | January 2014

Terms of Endearments

It’s 2:04 am and my mind is, as always, wandering. This time my train of thoughts in on the track of ‘terms of endearments’ and how they differ in different cultures/languages. 

For example, one pet name the Turks use for their children is ‘my little lamb’ (Kuzum); now imagine an Iranian parent calling their son/daughter ‘gosfand’!!   

Or similarly, the English pet name ‘puppy’; which in Farsi would be ‘toleh sagh!’ 

Okay, now I wondering why us Iranians use animal terms as insults. I mean if in English you tell a guy, ‘you dog, you!”; it is not necessarily a bad thing (cough); BUT in Farsi, it’s an insult. All animal names are insults- lamb, dog, puppy, calf, cow, donkey (though this one is pretty much international. I beginning to feel sorry for donkeys; no one respects donkeys)

Now one that us Iranians and Arabs use, is ‘my liver’ (jigar’am)…which I often wondered WHY???!! Why the liver? Seriously? The liver??!!

UPDATE: I just googled functions of the liver, and got this:

  • production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion

  • production of certain proteins for blood plasma

  • production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body

  • conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (This glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy.)

  • regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins

  • processing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content (The liver stores iron.)

  • conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (Urea is one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted in the urine.)

  • clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances

  • regulating blood clotting

  • resisting infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the blood stream


So, again, WHY?????