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Our Off-Color Dictionary got started when our Turkish nephew, Yanki, suggested (back in 1996) that we prepare a page of the most commonly heard Turkish language swear words. If we left them out, he advised, our coverage of ‘Practical Turkish’ would be incomplete. How could Turkish language learners cope, he pressed, without a basic knowledge of everyday Turkish swear words and slang?
And so he persuaded us that you can never get a comprehensive feel for a language unless you are familiar with its off-color slang. (This is especially true of a language like Turkish, in which off-color words may be intermingled with ‘polite’ everyday speech, without the blinking of an eye. The word boktan springs firstly to mind, for example.)
And here’s one of our favorite off-color Turkish colloquialisms…
As an off-shoot of frikik, there is also:
lit. to give a free kick
Hülya Avsar is a favorite Turkish female star of stage, screen, and TV. Besides being personable, talented, and pretty, she’s… ummm…sexy — which just multiplies her legion of fans. And Hülya’s frikik ‘antics’ inspire her sister celebrities — who emulate her, on purpose.
So when actress-model Hande Ataizi began slipping from the celebrity headlines she decided to take action — in the fastest way she knew how… The other night while she was out bar-hopping with her latest flame, she wore a silk micro-mini dress — and upon departing the bar-scene to return home, she gave photographers what they described as “The Frikik (Free-kick) of the Year!“
write by Gideon