John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
jheaton

  • Music:

"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."
Subscribe

  • My tweets

    Sat, 16:42: Aaaaand I'm told signage is now up at that location announcing its closure as of this coming Monday. Congratulations Ald. Rummel et…

  • My tweets

    Fri, 21:02: RT @ RepDanielRiemer: Foxconn announces they will now shift to making golden shovels for photo-ops of losing politicians, dishonest…

  • My tweets

    Thu, 12:47: It's not just me happily assuming that's a MAGA hat. https://t.co/BFWWiqy6nO Thu, 12:49: RT @ DickKingSmith: Are looking for…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments