absurdities

by Nathan Hamm on 10/8/2004 · 4 comments

Dee has up a list of 11 absurdities she’s encountered during her time in Uzbekistan so far.

As for the manhole covers, well, people gotta get metal from somewhere… (Really, I have heard that Chust knives were made from manhole covers for a period of time).

#3 is funny if you’ve seen it in actions. There are two things Uzbeks get a kick out of me doing, one is announcing Tashkent Metro stops in that distinctive voice and the other is imitating Uzbek greetings.


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Asror October 8, 2004 at 10:02 pm

“Hamburgers are pronounced gamburgers” => yes, but I never heard people saying “got-dog”. It sounds strange to me than gamburger and “gollivud”(hollywood).
But she is right about Uzbek greetings. I don’t like it all. Just it’s tradition.
Whenever you go to someone’s place usual questions:
“How did you come?”
“Aren’t you tired?”
“How is your health?”
“How are your children?”
“Are you studying?(working?)”
“How is your study?”and so forth. Endless questions…

Nathan Hamm October 8, 2004 at 10:13 pm

Ya, I remember it being “Xot-dog” in Navoi.

I think the greeting is funny really. I found that most Uzbeks think it’s funny too if you bring it up.

Alisher October 9, 2004 at 6:46 am

Also, ’empty’ and ‘head’ dont sound similar in Uzbek. 🙂 Empty is Bo’sh, the “o'” isnt o, but a
sound between “o” and “u”, as for “head”, the author is right it is indeed o, i.e. bosh..:)

Nathan Hamm October 9, 2004 at 10:52 am

That’s a hard difference for us to hear sometimes, especially in certain regions. I figured that there had to be a difference though. I don’t remember too many Uzbek words having multiple meanings, especially ones that different.

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