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Apr 10, 2018 @ 4:49 PM
Turkish Idioms - Animals

Merhaba! It’s been a while since we’ve posted an ‘Idioms (aka Speakwords) Around the World’ article. If you’re sitting there thinking, “What in the world are these ‘Speakwords’ you keep talking about?”, then you should visit the very first article in the series to find out. This week, we’re diving into Turkish idioms.

Did you know that over 70 million people speak Turkish worldwide? Although the language was previously written using the Arabic script, it now makes use of the Western Latin alphabet. Interestingly, the Turkish alphabet has 29 letters instead of just 26. You’ll find letters like, Ç, Ğ, Ş (and more), but you won’t find the letter Q or X. Turkish is also known as an agglutinative language, which is when complex phrases are formed by adding prefixes and suffixes instead of adding different words. For example, the word evlerinizden means, “from your houses” or “your home”, and consists of four individual parts: ev (house), ler (plural), iniz (your), and den (from).

Now that you have a few fun facts about the Turkish language up your sleeve, we can get started.

Cackling Crows

Turkish Idioms - Crows

You could read this a few different ways. Either you said something so ridiculous, even birds would laugh at you, or, you said something so ridiculous, only crows would laugh at you.

Concerned Sheep

Turkish Idioms - Sheep

There will always be people looking to take advantage of you. That doesn’t mean you should be looking over your shoulder 24/7, but it certainly means you should take the time to get to know who your real friends are. And, by definition, you should get to know who might be the ‘butcher’ to your ‘sheep’.

An Aging Wolf

Turkish Idioms - Wolves

This Turkish idiom insinuates that youth do not respect their elders (which is not necessarily the case) as they become, well, “elderly”. But, perhaps it’s true meaning lies in the fact that aging is seen by many as the passing of one’s “prime”. Regardless of how you read it, these idioms sure know how to pack a punch.

Watermelon Head

Turkish Idioms - Donkey

In other words, to cause someone to do something that they wouldn’t think of if they had been left to their own devices. This idiom is reminiscent of “planting the seed” of an idea; whether that idea is good or bad.