Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Word of the Day- damet garm

دمت گرم / damet garm



The literal meaning of this expression is warm breath. What it really means to say is that you hope this person will be alive. It's used in a slang way in Persian when someone has done something for you, and you want to show appreciation or agreement. For example, You fixed my car!? Damet garm! 

Damet garm can also mean well done! I will never forget the time I was walking home with my 5 year old cousin. We passed some kids playing soccer in the street. When one of them scored a goal, my cousin turned around and yelled, "Damet garm!" I couldn't get over the fact that this expression came out of the mouth of a 5 year old! Check out these men cheering during a weight-lifting competition:




For all of you following on Facebook and reading the blog Dametoon garm!! And here's a fun little song to go along! 

Pontia 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I started learning Farsi a long time ago, and I heard this expression a hundred times, but my Persian friends didn't seem to know what I was talking about when I asked them "Do you know the expression 'damet garm'?"

    I knew that 'garm' means 'warm', but I didn't know the word 'damet'. I assume the 'et' suffix means 'your' and 'dam' means 'breath'.

    I finally know what this means! It's just one of those little things that I've been curious about for many years.

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    1. Great to hear! I'm glad it finally makes sense :)

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