Farting in Farsi
Rudimentary research in language
September 21, 2004
Our native tongue of Farsi is a wonderfully rich
language and colorfully expressive. Saying the same thing, we can
be polite (Be Fa'r Maieed = please have a seat),
neutral (Be Sheen = sit ), or rude (Be Tamarg = Get your fucking ass down).
In fact, we can be poetic in our daily conversations.
my recent discoveries is "Kaj Daar o' mareez", which
for the longest time, I thought "Mareez" meant "BeemMar" (sick
or ill). In fact, I learned that "Mareez" was the more formal
variation of "Na reez" (do not spill it). In other words, this
very beautiful poetic expression means "Hold it tilted, don't spill
it!" It basically
means "Be particularly careful" - you know, it is like in Cirque
Du Soleil, "hold them by a toe, don't drop them!"
I am not going to get into detail about how long it took me to finally
understand "Adab ra Az Ke Amookhtee? Az Bee Adaban!!" (Who
did you learn your manners from? The ill-mannered.) I guess years of
expression may have greatly contributed to my large profane Persian vocabulary!
Also although in our so called "peaceful" personal interactions we
are commonly non-confronting and "taarof" plenty, and "Ghorboon
Sadagheh" a lot, we have a very rich altercation language which is
pretty boisterous, sarcastic at best. Our expressions and slang are loaded
hidden meanings applied to specific situations or effective in particular
We have some of the nastiest, waist-bound, explicit expressions in any
In English, it is "Fuck You" and "Mother Fucker" and that's
pretty much it. In Farsi, not only all relatives are dragged in from mother
and sister to children, we also get pretty explicit and do not settle with
a simple "Mother Fucker".
No siree, we get pretty explicit and use both the genital and the action
for the particular relative: "My ... In your mother's ... " This
is viciously explicit. Worse yet, Persian profanity is also compound.
You say all of the
above, but you also qualify the mother or the sister, as hookers, and the
brother as a male prostitute - The proper way to say the previous example,
the qualifications is: " My ... In your prostitute Mother's wide ... "
We never settle with just one category or just one word. We go for the
throat to annihilate. It is burning bridges and not ever going back - at
is expected to be that way!
I once told a friend "Khaak Bar Sar" (Dirt on your head), he thought
I said "Khar Kosteh" (your sister is a hooker) and he never spoke
with me again - Funny that he does not even have a sister!
I observed an argument between two grown men recently, visiting my childhood
neighborhood in Tehran. One was at the window of a store on the second
floor, the other was on the sidewalk, at the street level. The guy outside
every name in the world, which was actually quite entertaining. At the
end he said: "Bee Ay BeeRoon, Khareto MiGam" (If you ever get down here,
I will fuck your sister). The guy at the window was saying "I won't you
are going to beat me up!" - Dahh!
"Khareto MiGam" = I will beat you up (Literal translation is I will
fuck your sister)
I never, understood what "Pedare Toe Dar MiYaram" (literal: I
will bring out your dad) meant. Out of what? Grave? Prison? Home? Trouble? 1.
He is alive, free, and at the office with no trouble. 2. What does even taking out of grave mean anyway? Does anyone know?
My rudimentary research indicates that also, it is only in Farsi where
we so clearly distinguish between Gooz (it makes noise, may not be smelly)
(no noise, but guaranteed to smell, or how else do we ever figure out someone
did it?) - The Spaniards, the French (almost), and the Germans don't make
such distinction. Choss generally indicates a silent slow fart (the silent
usually smelly. Gooz is the loud fart that usually has no or very little
smell. And we do it for a reason: we have made powerful, loaded, I MEAN
with them. Here is my GoozNameh (Glossary):
Someone really short, whom we want to put down: "Ghad
e' Gooz" (as
tall as a fart). I didn't even know fart had a height, or a duration
to be used as a standard for height! You'll see later, that it even has
weight! Example: Shoohare Belgheis khanoom ghadesh ghadeh goozeh, dahanesh ham
boo goh mideh. (e.g. This was an example of compound profanity, please
use of height, and bad breath in the same sentence, and how naturally it
worked. It means: Mrs. Belgheis's husband is the height of a fart and
his mouth stinks
Someone really dumb, or a pain in the neck, or a motor mouth: "Goozoo" also "Goozooneh" (someone
Example: Naa baba, martike goozoo e ye. Zer ziad
mizaneh. (e.g. Compound example again, though a little implicit:
Martike & Goozoo & Zer
- I guess by now you get my drift. This means: the asshole is a goozoo
and talks too much)
Falling down (tripping) silly: "Gooz Ma'lagh" (Fart
Example 1: Hamoon Shoohare Belgheis khanoom ke ghadesh ghadeh goozeh
az pelleha oftad va gooz malagh shod.
Example 2: Rafteh boodam Kenareh Aab - Agha ye Moj e gondeh zad behem
va gooz ma'lagh shodam.
Confused, dizzy, or nauseated: "Gooz peech" (e.g.
Example 1: Sare Emtehane Riazi, hesabee Gooz Peech shodam.
Example 2: Agha, Inn Ghadar SoAll Peach emoon kard, Gooz Peech shodeem.
Two persons, particularly women, dressed similarly and walking
together: Gooz Doe GhoLoo (e.g. Double fart)
Example: Gooz Doe
GhoLoo ha oomand .( here come the twin farts)
Belching: Goozoo Sar Baala [Reverse fart]
Example: No example in this case - it is too obvious, don't you think?
Snobbish and ignoring someone: Gooz Mahhal [Fart Recognition]
Example: Naa baba, martike goozoo e ye. Zer ziad mizaneh. (e.g.
Compound example again, though a little implicit: Martike & Goozoo & Zer
- I guess by now you get my drift.)
Apparently, Gooz is also more dignified
than Choss - I am guessing it is because Choss is SBD (silent, but
deadly). Here is the ChossNameh
Someone crass (e.g. low class): "Chossoo" (Someone who
farts - and I thought it was the most natural humanly conduct)
Example: Martike zaboon nafahm va chosoo e yeh. (e.g. Compound
again. Means: The asshole doesn't get it and he is a total farter)
Showing off and being snobbish: "Chosee" also "Chosee
Example: Inn Belgheis khanoom ma'r o kosht baske ba inn AnnGoshtaresh
A tiny thing, or tiny portion used only as a very sarcastic
MessGha'l" (here is where fart, actually has a weight: we have
1 gram, 2 grams, and fart grams.)
Example: Choss mesghal goosht MiZaran ba ye kharVar berenj esmesh
ro Mizaran CheloKabab! - or - Inn Belgheis khanoom yek angoshtare
gerefteh, kosht e maro. (you can also say Joone MaRo GeRefteh)
Don't be silly, don't be an ass: "Choss nakon" (e.g. Do not make
yourself like a fart)
Example: Daram dars mikhoonam, khodeto choss nakon. ( I am studying,
don't make yourself like a fart)
Someone with horrible breath OR Talks too much: Choss nafas (e.g.
Example: Instead of saying "Shoohare Belgheis khanoom dahanesh ham boo
goh mideh" we can also say he is "Choss nafas" (e.g. applicable
to him both ways because he does talk a lot).
Stingy: Choss khor (e.g. Eats Fart)
Example: Taraf, Adam e Choss Khoree ye ha (e.g. that dude is very
resources as well as not doing a good job (situational): Choss Maal (e.g. Rubbing
Example: Khoshk Shu ee, coat e maro choss maal kard (e.g. Dry cleaner
rubbed fart on my coat)
Too Much Superficial make up and dressing up: Choss On, Fess
On (e.g. It either means the plural of Fart)
Example: Darreem miReem taa SarReh Koocheh, Inn Ghadr Chosson
FessOn nadereh (e.g. my dad telling the rest of the family that
need to put
on so much make up or to do their hair or dress up so much, as
we are going to
the end of the street although we were going to a friend's house
on the other side of town).
Taking Too much time to do something: Choss esh Nadeh (e.g. Don't
Example: Inn Ghadr Choss Esh dodee, Otobus raft (you took so
long, we missed the bus)
"Goh Khord" and "Goh Khordy" is of course
the most commonly used to apologize or to emphasize someone's
wrong doing. This means eating shit. I love it when someone says "Agha,
Che Gohee Khordeem in Karo kardeem". (which shit did I eat
to deserve this?) I always treat it as if it is a question and
immediately reply: "Gohe mano khordi." (you ate my
shit) And they always, unexceptionally respond: "Khodeto
Chos nakon." (Don't be a fart.)
In fact, you can treat Gooz, Choss, and Goh as Wild Cards and remove any portion
of anyone's name or title, to use these words instead. A bad Doktor, is "Goh-Tor",
Machine is "Goh-shin", Cell phone is "Chos-phone" and of
course "Chossee Phone". My neighbor in Iran, arguing with my mom
once referred to me as "GohRam", and my sister as GohSaneh (e.g.
Afsaneh) and my dad's car as ChosVo (Volvo).
It is time to cut the shit and hit the bed.