Year’s 2014 Word, Unword and Winged Saying – the inquiry has started!

From January 12 to 26, 2015 the inquiry is taking place, where everyone can send in the mostly read and heard, and the most colourful words useful for using in Latvian literary language, as well as the most unpleasant unwords and witty or widely used during speakers winged sayings.

The RLS Latvian Language Advancement group has been organising such inquiry for already 12 years. Each time it has attracted hundreds of participants or respondents and almost all mass media inform about it.

E-mail address for the sending in: gadavards@inbox.lv. Mailing address: RLS Latvian Language Advancement group, Merķeļa Street 13, Riga, LV-1050.

Few examples from the first sent words:
UNWORDS – «stārtaps” (star tap), «smūtijs» (smoothie), «spaiss» (spice); «kopistiski”, «euro», «maltās gaļas masa» (force meat paste), «aizdoties», «budžetīgs», «deliverēt», «cepj», «europas Centrālā banka» (European Central Bank);
Words – «gaidītava», «smēriņš»; «pašītis», «dzilt», «derīgot», «kolorado lentenis», «kremlini», «advokātēt», «tīksmiņš», «lablikumība»;

Winged Sayings – «atentāts pret lieldienu zaķi» (assassination attempt on Easter hare), «neraudi, susuriņ!» (Don’t cry, dormouse!), «Induļa un Ārijas kredits» (credit of Indulis and Ārija”, «HIV? ... Nofilmē! Iegūsti!» (HIV? …Film! Get it!), «negodīga komercprasme» (dishonest commercial skills), «toksisks deputāts» (toxic deputy), «labā ziņa ir tā, ka Baltijas valstu sadarbībā nav slikto ziņu» (the good news are that in the cooperation between the Baltic States are not bad news).
The inquiry will be open 12 days.

Suggestions for inquiry participants

1) Clearly state each sent word – is it Word, Unword or Winged Saying!

2) Each participant in each of three categories can hand in several words, if she/he has collected the corresponding words and saying in a year’s period.

3) Point, where the word or saying has been noticed (in documents, books, articles, news, conversations, in particular person’s speech), in what way it has spread and who use it most frequently. With the new words write, who has used it for the first time?

4) With the year’s Word – it can be explained, instead of which unword, barbarism or foreign word it can be used.

5) With the year’s unword – explain, instead of which Latvian language word it is used, how it can make misunderstandings, why it is not euphonic, morphologically incorrect and why is it unwanted in Latvian language.

6) With the year’s Winged Saying – is it saying of a specific person (in public speech – when and in what context) or has it spread in speakers’ language, often heard phraseologism.

7) Preferable to point the sender’s name, surname, contact information (for additional questions).
LVAK news – https://twitter.com/LVAK_valoda
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Years’ Words, Unwords and Winged Sayings (2003–2013) – https://LVAK.wordpress.com/gada-vards-nevards-teiciens/



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