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Syzygys
04-10-08, 12:06 PM
In what language does "poli" mean "pretty"? I was unable to find such. The closest is poly- from latin meaning many...

Any help would be appreciated...

Enmos
04-10-08, 12:10 PM
That's what I thought :shrug:

Fraggle Rocker
04-10-08, 03:10 PM
I haven't found an answer, but for the record poly- is Greek, not Latin.

Please give an example of poli meaning "pretty." Where did you encounter that?

Syzygys
04-10-08, 03:18 PM
Babydoll said so, but I thought it was a lie, so I figured let's ask the language experts.

Enmos
04-10-08, 03:20 PM
I haven't found an answer, but for the record poly- is Greek, not Latin.

Please give an example of poli meaning "pretty." Where did you encounter that?

Barbiegirl14, 'poliastin' is the first part of her email.
She says that is means 'Pretty Astin'.
Well, to be fair her father said that to her, at least that's what she said.

John99
04-10-08, 03:37 PM
if the cops are here, they're all undercover. all 1,200 of them.

Captain Kremmen
04-11-08, 04:14 AM
Barbiemania infects the Linguistics Forum.
Fraggle isn't going to like this.................

Myles
04-11-08, 04:52 AM
polu (poly) kala means very good a common Greek response to "how are you ?" the Greek upsilon, a bit like French u, is norkally transliterated as y.

Captain Kremmen
04-11-08, 07:05 AM
It is definitely Greek. From the verb putsaikaetelon. (to boil water in a metal vessel)
Hence the phrase.
Poliputsaikaetelon.

Syzygys
04-11-08, 09:12 AM
It could also be Hawaiian... At least by the sound of it...

By the way it is a strictly linguistic question...

Orleander
04-11-08, 10:28 AM
It could also be Hawaiian... At least by the sound of it...

Yeah, that what i thought as well.
Let me watch a few hrs of Dog the Bounty Hunter and I'll let you know if I hear anyone say it. :D

Myles
04-11-08, 12:32 PM
It is definitely Greek. From the verb putsaikaetelon. (to boil water in a metal vessel)
Hence the phrase.
Poliputsaikaetelon.

A good attempt but I cannot give you full marks.The verb poliputsaikeleton
is correct if one wants to render the idea of putting an empty kettle on. If you wish to make coffee the verb must include nera ( water ). Hence you need to say: Poliphilineraputsaikaetelon, 2nd conjugation.

Syzygys
04-11-08, 02:00 PM
Man, I am a genius!


It could also be Hawaiian....

poli

n.

1. Bosom, breast; depression; (poetic) heart, arms. Cf. poli lima, poli wāwae. Ma ka poli iho nei, hoʻonanea (song), in the arms, relax. (PCP poli.)
2. Instep. (Short for poli wāwae).
3. Coconut husk attached to a fishing line. Cf. nuku.

So in a free translation poli Astin means : nice chested Astin!

Enmos
04-11-08, 02:18 PM
Man, I am a genius!



poli

n.

1. Bosom, breast; depression; (poetic) heart, arms. Cf. poli lima, poli wāwae. Ma ka poli iho nei, hoʻonanea (song), in the arms, relax. (PCP poli.)
2. Instep. (Short for poli wāwae).
3. Coconut husk attached to a fishing line. Cf. nuku.

So in a free translation poli Astin means : nice chested Astin!

:eek:
I hope you are wrong..

Myles
04-11-08, 04:34 PM
Man, I am a genius!



poli

n.

1. Bosom, breast; depression; (poetic) heart, arms. Cf. poli lima, poli wāwae. Ma ka poli iho nei, hoʻonanea (song), in the arms, relax. (PCP poli.)
2. Instep. (Short for poli wāwae).
3. Coconut husk attached to a fishing line. Cf. nuku.

So in a free translation poli Astin means : nice chested Astin!

And I have discovered that her full name is Astin Martin

BarbieGirl14
04-12-08, 08:51 AM
1st. My father would never name my email like that.

2nd. He doesn't know hawian

3rd. If you'v seen my photobucket, you know my chest is like flat.

and last, the car is called AstOn Martin. My name is Astin.

Myles
04-12-08, 11:20 AM
1st. My father would never name my email like that.

2nd. He doesn't know hawian

3rd. If you'v seen my photobucket, you know my chest is like flat.

and last, the car is called AstOn Martin. My name is Astin.

Either your father is Greek or he wears a grass skirt.

Syzygys
04-12-08, 07:21 PM
1st.

So can you ask your dad what language it is???? Please come up with a good answer...

Sputnik
04-13-08, 03:13 AM
In french :

Poli = polite, well behaved , nice
Poli = polished, smooth ( about stones (jewels) and metal)

Captain Kremmen
04-13-08, 04:20 AM
In french :

Poli = polite, well behaved , nice
Poli = polished, smooth ( about stones (jewels) and metal)

Thanks Sputnik.
What's it like being Barbies father?

It must be tough in the house, now that she's yesterday's doll.
Bratz is the new doll of choice.
Prettier, stupider, and more trashily dressed.

Myles
04-13-08, 06:38 AM
Thanks Sputnik.
What's it like being Barbies father?

I think I can help you here. He's a parrot who has been trained to say " pretty polly"

Syzygys
04-13-08, 10:01 AM
In french :
Poli = polite, well behaved , nice
Poli = polished, smooth ( about stones (jewels) and metal)

1 poli Adjective (a) (of person) polite
(b) (of furniture) polished
2 poli Noun, masculine (a) shine

So his dad calls him by a French word, he is using a French email. Hm...

By the way the meaning is still not "pretty" in French but polite or shiny...

Myles
04-13-08, 10:46 AM
1 poli Adjective (a) (of person) polite
(b) (of furniture) polished
2 poli Noun, masculine (a) shine

So his dad calls him by a French word, he is using a French email. Hm...

By the way the meaning is still not "pretty" in French but polite or shiny...

Could it refer to his/her "polished" performance on here ?

Fraggle Rocker
04-13-08, 07:18 PM
Could it refer to his/her "polished" performance on here ?Yes, the French word for "polish" is polir and poli is just the past participle. That's the source of the English word, it's not native Anglo-Saxon. Even "buff" is from French. But "shine" is a native word.

Polident is the name of a "toothpaste" for cleaning false teeth.

darini
04-16-08, 09:48 AM
Haven't you mixed it up with {cali}? That means "pretty" or "beautyful", I guess.

cheers

Polly
12-15-08, 11:14 PM
Poli means city in Greek.
Although Politimi which is where my name came from means precious in Greek.

Fraggle Rocker
12-16-08, 08:22 AM
Poli means city in Greek.Polis, as in Neapolis, "New City," which became Napoli in Italian when the Romans took over that portion of the Greek Empire, and Naples in French and English. Constantinople is a French adaptation of Greek Konstantinopolis, "The City of Constantine." It's also why we have cities in America with such clever names as Minneapolis and Indianapolis. Polit- is the combining form as in "political" and "metropolitan."
Although Politimi which is where my name came from means precious in Greek.The name yields thousands of Google hits. According to this lady named Politimi, (http://www.ithacagreece.com/peopleofithaca/Politimi/politimi.html) the literal meaning is "big price."

temur
12-16-08, 12:34 PM
I thought poli- means "many".

Sciencelovah
12-16-08, 12:42 PM
As far as I know, astin is a common French name which means starlike, whereas poli- or poly- means many, a lot, or very. Poliastin hence means very starlike.

Fraggle Rocker
12-16-08, 02:38 PM
As far as I know, astin is a common French name which means starlike, whereas poli- or poly- means many, a lot, or very. Poliastin hence means very starlike.French poli- is a normalized respelling of poly-, which is how the Greek root is spelled in Latin and English. The Y is the Greek letter ypsilon, which was pronounced like an umlauted U in ancient Greek. In modern Greek it's pronounced identically to I, iota.

Polly
12-21-08, 05:18 PM
Politimi does mean high priced aswell it depends how you pronounce it, it can also mean prescious.
Poli can also mean alot aswell as meaning city, again depends how it is pronounced.
In the Greek language the grammer is quite complex and words have female, male and unisex pronounciation.

Fraggle Rocker
12-21-08, 06:45 PM
Politimi does mean high priced as well it depends how you pronounce it, it can also mean precious.In a society like the United States, in which everything is analyzed economically, "precious" and "high-priced" are nearly equivalent terms. To me the connection in Greek seemed obvious.

Polly
12-21-08, 10:15 PM
I don't see them the same, as something precious doesnt have to be high priced, its more something that one loves.

Fraggle Rocker
12-22-08, 10:52 AM
I don't see them the same, as something precious doesnt have to be high priced, its more something that one loves.I understand. But this is America. We measure our love in dollars. ;)