Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Word(s) of the Day- Pa na pa / lat

Today's word of the day is another suggestion from a lovely reader (merci!). The first time I heard this word was in the TV series Dokhtarāne Havā, and for some bizarre reason, it just annoyed me. Pa na pa is a nonsense slang word used to answer someone who asks a stupid yes or no question when the answer is completely obvious. It's like giving a sarcastic no!/duh!/of course!/what do you think!? When my co-worker said it once, I thought- really? You too? But from what I understand, all the cool kids in Iran use it.

In Dokhtarāne Havā, a few babies were mixed up at birth and the nurse admits to the mistake now that they are adults. One of them goes to the nurse and says that everything was fine until she came along with this news and messed up their lives. The nurse asks, "Moshkeli pish umade?, Is there a problem?" to which the girl responds, "pa na pa!


It's worth noting here that the girl who says pa na pa is playing the role of what is known as a lāt (a word I've been meaning to write about). It's hard to explain, but lāt people are considered to be culturally low class (not necessarily economically), lack manners, etc. They have a certain style of speaking that typically includes non-standard Persian and a whole lot of slang. Even their pitch and intonation tend to be different. (Generally, think My Fair Lady- along those lines.) In the series Shahgoosh, there are a few men in jail who are the epitome of lāt. I get completely lost in their conversations every time these scenes come up, but I'm consoled by the fact that my cousins tell me the exact same thing. The guy in the scene below is an extreme case of lāt, but just to give you an idea... 



6 comments:

  1. what a quick response. nice post az always :)
    laat simliar to gherti?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you liked it :) Gherti is another hard one, but it's not exactly similar to laat. It's more like sexy mixed with being really into your looks. Does that make sense?

      Delete
  2. thanks :) i really like your wotd section. learned so much. "ey kalak" :D also nice for your wotd section.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, makes me so happy to hear that :) Thanks for the suggestion! That's another great one, and I'll definitely use it!

      Delete
  3. I just found your site, I love it!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...