Maltese Words To Use When You Want To Show Off

Malti għal min jixrobha!

Cool Maltese Words

So you consistently win at Scrabble. Your English teacher puts little kisses in your assignment margins. You wear specs and maybe, just maybe, you curl your moustache up into a little hipster twist. Basically, you’re a language wanker, though you’d term yourself an etymological onanist. 

However, you’ve yet to achieve that level of semantic self-pleasure in your mother tongue. Do you yearn for the puzzled, yet awed looks of your comrades, as they whisper to each other “dak jixrobha ta’ veru”? Just throw in a couple of these words and you’ll be the Maltese language wanker that you’ve always wanted to be.

1. Biswit

Word mortals would use: “viċin”

Example of use: “Tista’ tqiegħed il-bra biswit l-Xbox, pero’ twaqqagħli xejn jekk ma jimpurtax.”

(“You can place your bra adjacent to the Xbox, but don’t drop anything if you don’t mind.”)

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2. Fis

Word mortals would use: “malajr”

Example of use: “Fittex eħlisli mill-kunjata mill-iktar fis possibli!”

(“Get rid of my mother-in-law as soon as possible!”)

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3. Dlonk, also ħesrem

Words mortals would use: “f’daqqa waħda”

Example of use: “Hekk kif Darlene poġġiet il-bra biswit l-Xbox, dlonk ħesrem ċempilli l-kappillan.”

(“Just as Darlene placed her bra adjacent to the Xbox, suddenly the parish priest phoned.”)

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4. Mitjar

Word mortals would use: “ajruport”

Example of use: “Dfintha lill-kunjata? Mela ejja nerħulha lejn il-mitjar!”

(“Have you buried the mother-in-law? Then let’s go to the airport!”)


5. Magħqad (is-sorm)

Word mortals would use: “siġġu”

Example of use: “Darlene, ħanini, il-penti mhux mal-art, imma fuq il-magħqad jekk jogħġbok.”

(“Darlene, darling, don’t throw your panties on the floor, place them on the chair please.”)

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6. Driegħ

Word mortals would use (incorrectly): “id”

Example of use: “Ċens, dfintha sew lill-kunjata? Għax Ġużi qalli li ra driegħ ħiereg mill-ħamrija.”

(“Francis, did you bury the mother-in-law well? Because Joseph said that he saw an arm poking out of the soil.”)

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7. Riġel

Word mortals would use (incorrectly): “sieq”

Example of use: “Le, ċuċ! Dak mhux driegh kien, imma riġel!”

(“No, you idiot! That wasn’t an arm, but a leg!”)

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8. Niżżikħajr

Word mortals would use: “grazzi”

Example of use: “Niżżikħajr Ċens, serraħtli moħħi!”

(“Thank you Francis, you’ve put my mind at ease!”)


9. Zunnarija

Word mortals would use: “karrotta”

Example of use: “Niżżikħajr Darlene. Tista’ tieħu z-zunnarija miegħek.”

(“Thank you Darlene. You can take the carrot with you.”)

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Post updated to correct spelling error.

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