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"Uh-oh, I think I just made an illegal turn!" the man said.
"It's okay, Dad," the boy said, "The police car right behind us did the same thing."
One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.
The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Tommy, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?"
Tommy burst into tears and confessed, "I think Mommy ate it!"
Have you ever wondered how to say Hippopotamus in another language? Well, wonder no more...
In many languages, the word translates to Water Horse, River Horse or Nile Horse. In a few languages (especially around the area of the Indian sub-continent), it means Water Elephant.
For some languages below, we have listed the translation in its native characters. If your browser can't handle this, it may just show ?????????.
credit for this idea goes to Bob Lehto
|Albanian||kali i nilit|
|American Sign Language (ASL)|
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|“With each hand, make a fist and stick out the thumb and pinky fingers. Align the right hand on top of the left hand (palms facing each other). Move hands apart from each other in an up and down motion to simulate the opening and closing of the hippo’s jaws.”|
|Arabic (#1)||Grinti (in dispute)|
|Arabic (#2)||Faras Al-Naher (Nahar?) (thx to Tareq Khorsheed--see note below)|
|Arabic (Egyptian dialect)||Kalb el nil (dog of the Nile), or Sayyid ishta (Mr. Cream)|
(thanks to Mary S)
|Armenian||begemond (thx Albert, the king of fat)|
|Azeri (language of Azerbaijan)||begemot or hippopotam (thx Jakub)|
|Bemba (copperbelt region in Zambia)||Imfubu (thx Helen in NZ)|
|Bengali||Jalahastha or Jahlto|
|Bosnian||Povodni konj (thx to Jase Allen)|
|Botswana||see entry for Setswana|
|Breton||douvarc'h (thx Jen)|
|Chinese||Mandarin: He Ma|
Cantonese: Ho Ma; (thx to Carol)
|Cockney||ippo (thanks to Ian Hill)|
|Creole||rivyechwal (thx to Cheyanne and Robyn)|
|DJ lopodopo||Hippolopodopomus (thx to Jenna)|
|Eggerish||heggipeggoteggameggusegg (thx to "gibling")|
|Egyptian||Deb (thanks Albin Forsell)|
|Elven||Togenta (from Scott R. "The History of Middle Earth Vol.1")|
|Farsi||اسب ابى )ج.ش.(؛ كرگدن|
|Georgian||behemoti or hipopotami|
|German||Flusspferd or Nilpferd|
|gibberish||hippoglutean (thanks to Alex Fabian)|
|Greek||Ιπποπόταμοσ (thx to Louis Gatoulis the Greek God)|
|Hebrew||B'Hemot or Soos-Nahar|
|Hindi||Jal Hasti or|
Daryayi Ghoda (water horse) thx to Ravindra in Mumbai
|Icelandic||Flóðhestur (thx to Jóhann Páll Kristbjörnsson)|
|Japanese||Kaba (or kabba)|
|Justurt||untegleban (thanks Alex F.)|
|Kazakh||Бегемот (behemot) (thx Jakub)|
|Kurdi||حەسپێ رووبار (Hespê rûbar)|
|Lingala||ngubú or kibɔ́kɔ (kiboko) (thx Jakub)|
|Lithuanian||Hipopotamai (thx to Terra) or|
Begemotas (thx to D Krinickas)
|Luxembourg||Nilpärd (thx to Nadine MEISCH)|
|Maltese (language of Malta Europe)||ippopotamu (thx Chris)|
|Malagasy (from Madagascar)||Kilopilopitsofy "floppy ears"|
(may be pygmy hippo) (thx to Mary S)
|Malay||Badak Air (thx to abdul rahman)|
|Mongol||Армана (armana) or усны үхэр (usny ukher)|
|Norwegian||Flodhest (thanks Line Emilie Sverdrup)|
|Ob||hobippobo (thx Samantha)|
|Oppish||Hopippopopopotopamopus (thx to Jill)|
|Pig Latin||ippopotamus-hay (thanks, Spencer!)|
|Romanian||Hipopotam (thx to Adrian Bradea)|
|Runa Simi||hatun mayu khuchi|
(I have rec'd more emails on the Russian word for hippo than all other languages put together; there is something about Russian that makes translating "hippo" a challenge! See below for some of the emails I have received.)
| âåçåíïô or çéððïðïôáí or гиппопотам (in Cyrillic);|
Begamot, Gippopotam (thx to Sasha Morozov)
|Serbo-Croatian||Nilski Konj (thx Jovica & Danielle)|
|Setswana (language of Botswana)||Kubu (thx to Pete Smith)|
|Shona (Zimbabwean local dialect)||Mvuu (thanks to Helen)|
|Slovak||Hroch (thanks to Miroslav Sedivy)|
|Slovenian||Nilski Konj (thx to andraz)|
|Tibetan||charto (thx Jakub)|
|Tshivenda||Mbvuvhu (thx to Josina Matsepa / Tshilidzi)|
|Turkish||Suaygiri or Hipopotam (thx to Zeynep Durak)|
|Ubby Dubby||hibippopabatabumubus (thanks to sctr563)|
|Vietnamese||Hà Mã (thx to vlrulz)|
|Medieval Welsh||Ypotame (thx to Moss Bliss)|
|Zulu||Mvubu or Imvubu (removed Boma Jan 2007)|
(see below notes)
After explaining about latitude, longitude, degrees and minutes the teacher asked, "Suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degrees, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude...?"
After a confused silence, a voice volunteered, "I guess you'd be eating alone."
"None," answered little Norman.
"None? Norman, you don't know your arithmetic."
"Teacher, you don't know your sheep. When one goes, they all go!"