Word of the Day: Zât


Only in Romania I think is there a specific word – zât – used to yell at animals to get them to go away. It’s pronounced something like zut!

I had to laugh because Jeff Foxworthy used to do a stand-up routine about his father using a phrase in Redneck English meaning the exact same thing, which you can hear here.

AND NOW YOU KNOW!

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  1. tudor says:

    Well Romanian is full of surprises.
    In Moldova region the word is “câț”
    One day in Moldova, one cat literally stared confused at the person shouting “zât” until she heard the magic word “câț” and vanished in the instant.

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  2. Andy H says:

    The Hungarian version appears to be kusti (not really sure how you spell it – in English it would be something like cushty)

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    1. Sam R. says:

      Since the Romanian didnt work, I’ll try that today on ’em :D

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      1. Andrei says:

        Try a long “ssss”, or “sssshhaa”. You catch their attention with the friction consonant (“s”) and the “hhaa” means more like an intention. In this case, you try to send them away.

        This “technique” is used in Oltenia.

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  3. Ion says:

    Ask your Romanian friends about “cuştri” or “cuştri ne” / “cuştri nea”.

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  4. marius says:

    I lived in Timisoara my hole life (22 years) and I never heard this word. I also had a lot of pets.

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  5. floreign says:

    Zat for me was a literary version. But if you hear mine you’ll fall into the same issue with “fac”, because it’s “Shits!”

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  6. Dacia Felix says:

    The French have also the word zut but not for telling off cats but for saying Damn! The Romanian zât is for cats only.

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    1. Sam R. says:

      hehe I literally practiced saying zat to my cats… they ignored me :(

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      1. Dacia Felix says:

        It has been discover that also various animal species have dialects. Old Kingdom cats (pisicile regatene that is) may understand Zât but not the Trasylvanian ones (pisicile ardelenesti I mean) :-)

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      2. Sam R. says:

        Well since one of my cats is from Brasov and one from the Banat (Timisoara), perhaps that explains their lack of understanding my porunci :PPP

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  7. ioana says:

    actually, this is more for cats. to a dog I would say “mars”, pronounced marsh

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