"satavaziru"... what does it mean!?
April 13, 2011 4:02 PM Subscribe
A guy in Tallinn pointed at me and said something that sounded like "satavaziru!" (emphasis on the "zi" syllable). What might that mean?
posted by mokudekiru to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have no idea what language he was speaking, though Tallinn means Estonian, Russian, or Finnish are likely -- my Estonian friend says it doesn't sound like anything in Estonian, though.
So, hive, I have enlisted you to help me solve the mystery.
Other potentially useful background info:
- He was middle aged, did not appear to be crazy
- He was standing maybe 8-10 feet away from me and pointing at my body (upper torso-ish, sort of boobs area, but I was wearing a zipped-up coat)
- He said this phrase with conviction, as if he may be either insulting me or warning me about something
- I'm a 20s F
- I transcribed what I thought it sounded like within about a minute of him saying it, but it was quick and obviously I don't speak the language, so my transcription is likely mistaken in some way.
So... what language, and what does it mean?