Word of the Day: Ajunul Craciunului

Certainly not a “slang” word but just one of those mysterious Romanian words with a shadowy and uncertain past, ajun simply means the day (or night) before an important event.

In this case, Ajunul (“the day/night before”) Craciunului (“of the Christmas”) simply means the night/day before Christmas, or as it is said in English, Christmas Eve.

If you speak Romanian, I found this religious tale about Christmas Eve, wherein God (in the form of an angel) visits a single mother who puts animal feces (Rom: baliga) into the oven to “feed” her kids. As with most Romanian stories, very graphic imagery is involved.

Best lines:

Dumnezeu i-a zis:
– Haide femeie, deschide cuptorul si scoate mancarea, ca de acum s-o fi facut.
– De ce va bateti joc de mine? Parca domniile voastre nu stiti ce am pus in cuptor spuse femeia plangand.
– Nu auzi ce ti-am spus? Deschide! insista Dumnezeu.
De gura strainului, femeia a deschis cuptorul, si nu mica i-a fost mirarea cand a vazut tot felul de bunatati inauntru, la fel ca pe vremea cand traia barbatul ei.

Just like when her man was alive :P


2 Comments Add yours

  1. X says:

    Don’t forget other coloured words from the same family: bălegar, pişalău / chişalău / pchişalău, căcăreze / căcăreză, găinaţ.


  2. floreign says:

    Since you’re talking about manure and its symbolic importance, make sure to bring back a figurine of a caganer if you’re going to Catalonia.


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