The other night at the book party a couple of people I’ve written about many times on this website attended and it was great catching up with them. One of them used a word I knew quite well but had forgotten about: mess.
It’s a local short form of the longer “Yahoo Messenger”, the instant messaging program, although sometimes Romanians just call any IM program (MSN, AIM, ICQ, etc) “mess”.
Friend: Mai vorbim pe mess!
Translation: We’ll speak later on Yahoo Messenger (or some other instant messaging program).
The funny (or sometimes annoying) thing is that even Romanians who are completely fluent in English still call it “mess” without ever once thinking about it as referring to “disorder” or “disaster” or any of those connotations.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!