Meaning of Poli

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Syzygys, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    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...
  2. Enmos Moderator

    That's what I thought :shrug:
  3. Fraggle Rocker Moderator

    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?
  4. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Babydoll said so, but I thought it was a lie, so I figured let's ask the language experts.
  5. Enmos Moderator

    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.
  6. John99 Banned

    if the cops are here, they're all undercover. all 1,200 of them.
  7. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    Barbiemania infects the Linguistics Forum.
    Fraggle isn't going to like this.................
  8. Myles Registered Senior Member

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2008
  9. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    It is definitely Greek. From the verb putsaikaetelon. (to boil water in a metal vessel)
    Hence the phrase.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2008
  10. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    It could also be Hawaiian... At least by the sound of it...

    By the way it is a strictly linguistic question...
  11. Orleander OH JOY!!!!

    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
  12. Myles Registered Senior Member

    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.
  13. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Man, I am a genius!



    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!
  14. Enmos Moderator

    I hope you are wrong..
  15. Myles Registered Senior Member

    And I have discovered that her full name is Astin Martin
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2008
  16. BarbieGirl14 Registered Senior Member

    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.
  17. Myles Registered Senior Member

    Either your father is Greek or he wears a grass skirt.
  18. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

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

    In french :

    Poli = polite, well behaved , nice
    Poli = polished, smooth ( about stones (jewels) and metal)
  20. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2008

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