I Should Have Asked: Grandma, What's a Gazakus?
February 19, 2014 2:06 PM Subscribe
My hilarious grandma (may she rest in peace) often used the word gazakus (sp?). Was it a nonsense word she made up, or is it a real word that actually means something?
posted by slmorri to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For context, Grandma would say things like "you'll freeze your gazakus" or "don't fall on your gazakus." I always assumed that gazakus meant rump, but I never thought to ask. I also never thought to ask where she learned that word.
My questions for the hivemind are: has anyone else heard this word before? Is it a nonsense word my grandma made up, is it regional, or is it a real word in some other language?
If it helps, she was born in Lumber City, Pennsylvania (100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh) in 1904. She was a Protestant. She moved to Rochester, New York in her 20s and lived there until 1971, when she and my grandfather retired to Winter Haven, Florida. She died in 1996, before I got to ask her what the heck she was talking about.