Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beginning Turkish for Cats (by Pişi)

Merhaba cat friends!

It's true, I'm Turkish.  I've been told I meow with an accent, but I really don't know.  You see, I'm also deaf, but that's another story.

You'd think that big fluffy white thing would be Turkish.  Angora, or something like that.  People think she's Angora.  But I know she's no more than a street cat like me.

Today, I want to teach you just a little Turkish.  That way you'll know what my name means.

Pişi-Pişi - this is what they called me in Türkiye.  It doesn't mean anything, really.  Just like "Kitty Kitty."  This current human just kept calling me Pişi, and I really don't care what she calls me, just as long as she pets me.   She also calls me Minnoş, which I think is stupid.  But she doesn't want American veterinarians to write "Pissy" on my chart.  I respect that.  It's bad enough they put a skull and bones on my chart.  Minnoş means something like "sweet little thing" which is kind of funny.  I'm only sweet when you have something I want.  Like food or your lap or to get petted.

The other Turkish word on this blog is Fluffy's aka - "Beyaz."  It's kind of obvious what it means, but people in this country think it's soooo exotic.  It means "white."   But I call her Fluffy.  I call her a couple other things too, like Stinky and Stupid.

Wait til you see what she calls me.

Now, some other essential words:
yemek  - food.  I pronounce it "MEEEOOOWWWW"
su  - water.  I pronounce it "MMMRRROOOOWWWW!!"  (and I stand under the faucet in the bathtub, where it echos so loud even I can hear it.
kuzu - lamb.  Oh, I love my lamb.  I pronounce it "MMRECK?  MMRECK?"
et - meat.  I pronounce it "MRREEOOOOW"

Questions?  There's not much left you have to say, really.  Just sleep all the rest of the time.  Here I am, by the way, on my old balcony in Ankara. We do so many places, but you know, I always kind of wish we'd get in the car and end up back in Türkiye.

1 comment:

Cat with a Garden said...

That was very interesting! Thanks for the turkish lesson. Mom visited Istanbul for the second time some months ago. Here's the post if you'd like to see some turkish cats:
Siena Snowfox