Thursday, 16 January 2020

Adrian Chiles Discusses Croatian Words for Genitalia in Guardian Article

Anyone who knows even a little bit of Croatian will know that this is an extremely colourful language. Descriptive, imaginative and above all blunt. There are countless ways to describe your disappointment, dismay or anger, and because of the sheer linguistic scope of Croatian, swearing is often seen as an effective way to showcase the strength of your emotions when speaking and isn't deemed as unintelligent, nor is looked down anywhere near as much as it is in other languages.

We've compiled several lists highlighting the colours of this ''picturesque'' South Slavic language (you can read them here, and here) and learn a few ways in which to swear while you're at it. 

Adrian Chiles, a well known British presenter, has a Croatian mother and as such has ties with the country and its language. In his musings in the popular British publication The Guardian, he has previously written about his desire to get his hands on a Croatian passport, detailing how his Croatian friends used to be jealous of his shiny, burgundy British travel document and how the tables have turned since the shock result of the EU referendum.

In his latest opinion piece for The Guardian, he discusses precisely the character of the Croatian language and just how many words and phrases there are to describe genitalia. Yes. Genitalia. 

As The Guardian/Adrian Chiles writes on the 16th of January, 2020, Chiles asks just why the English language doesn't have as many colourful words for genitalia as Croatian does. In fairness, British English, with all of its regional accents and dialects, most of which differ enormously from each other, there are many terms that could be used to describe genitalia, but is it quite on a par with Croatian?

He details the story of his Croatian friends who, through a twist of fate started by Adrian's innocent mistake, developed a publishing business. The pair are now engaged in translating erotic fiction into Croatian. There, Adrian was met with an array of words such as pimpek, sladostrašće and more. 

Click here to read Adrian's amusing take on the differing linguistic attitudes to sex in the English and the Croatian languages, and try not to blush while you're at it.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

The Guardian: Adrian Chiles Longs for Croatian Passport

October the 24th, 2019 - Who would ever have thought that possessing a Croatian passport would be a desire placed high on the list of a British citizen? A look at how the shock referendum result of 2016 changed minds and hearts.

Brexit is slowly becoming one of those words that drains the life and joy out of you when you say it. This process has now been going on for more than three years with yet another potential extension until the end of January 2020 on the horizon (we'll hopefully know more tomorrow about that).

After Donald Tusk warned the UK not to simply keep kicking the can down the road after the EU granted the last extension (from March to October this year), it seems that Britain is still no closer to sorting out the mess it has created.

With that being said, many Brits have sought out second citizenships following the referendum result of June 2016, in which the British public narrowly voted to leave the economic bloc. The mixing of the Brits and the Irish over many years made it easy for some who have an Irish parent or grandparent to get their hands on Irish citizenship and as such remain citizens of the EU.

Many Brits who have lived abroad in the rest of Europe for several years decided to apply to naturalise in their adopted countries, and countries like Germany even kindly went as far as to alter their laws, albeit temporarily, to allow Brits who apply for German nationality to be able to keep their British citizenship too.

While citizens rights has been decided across the bloc, deal or no deal, some Brits still will simply not feel secure unless they have a new passport, and that's more than understandable given the fact that after Britain ends its 40 year membership of what is now the EU (formerly the European Community), people fear being left in the dark with no EU laws to turn to for help.

However, not all of those seeking a second passport are living in another EU country. Some are resident in Britain and simply feel the need to take advantage of having a foreign parent now more than ever. One such person is British TV presenter Adrian Chiles, known for presenting the popular ''The One Show'' and who currently works as a radio presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live.

Chiles took to The Guardian on October the 24th, 2019 to discuss his longing for a Croatian passport, what with his mother being Croatian, and how he now values the idea more than ever given the utterly dire situation with Brexit.

Chiles cites how he has spent a lot of time in Croatia over the years, both before and after its independence from Yugoslavia. He talks about how ''one of his favourite things to do was to leave his British passport lying around when with friends over there'', before going on to talk about how dramatically that tide has now turned.

''How things have changed'' states Chiles when recalling his friend, Tomislav, tossing his Croatian passport on the floor and being irritated with the fact that such a document would never get him anywhere. Chiles claims that because he once had a Yugoslav passport, he thought obtaining a Croatian one would be simple, but of course, with all things Croatian as we who live here know well - it is anything but that.

Read Adrian's opinion piece in the link to The Guardian provided above.

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