John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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"People speak some kind of weird Moon-man language."

Sveikinam tave su gimimo diena.

At the store today, I found a note written in a foreign language left behind by a customer. It was like nothing I'd never seen before. "What kind of crazy moon-man language is this?" I said, showing to my co-workers. They had no idea either. I thought it looked vaguely Scandinavian, based on the appearance of the name Agne at the bottom of the note; one of the guys suggested it might be Dutch.

I being me, I copied the note and Googled some of the words when I got home. The verdict: Lithuanian. Which sort of explains why it looked so unfamiliar; it's part of the Indo-European language family, but one with only one living relative (Latvian). The phrase at the top of this post means, as near as I can work out, compliments to you and happy birthday. Apparently it's part of the Lithuanian equivalent to "Happy Birthday to You."

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