Tag Archives: Turkish


Rude Turkish Hand Gesture

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation with myself, GK, and the informant we will call, AT.  AT: A gesture we have in Turkey that has a different meaning than in America is the “okay hand gesture”. This is when your index finger and thumb create a circle between them and your other… Continue Reading »

The Commemoration of Atatürkü

Main Piece:  The following comes from dialogue between myself, GK, and the informant, AT.  AT: One of my favorite Turkish holidays is called “Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramî”, which translates to “Youth and Sports Day”. I like it because it is one of the most relaxing days of the year. Work is cancelled, school… Continue Reading »

Cin – Turkish Demons

Piece: We have these things Cin, pronounced jin, uhm and like plural you would say cinler, because there are plenty, and they’re like these little demons, uhm I’m like hella fucking scared of these, these little shits, parents and grandparents can use these to scare little kids out of doing literally anything, and the biggest… Continue Reading »

Turkish Barking Dog Proverb

Informant: D, a 23-year-old, Turkish male who grew up in Turkey until he turned 8 before moving to the United States. He now lives in Boise, Idaho, but spent a lot of time with his mother, who only spoke Turkish until D was 16. Background info: D’s first language was Turkish. He and his mother would converse… Continue Reading »