duraks

LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

A borrowing from Russian дурак (durák).

NounEdit

duraks m (1st declension)

  1. (colloquial) fool, stupid person
    tu nevari izrēķināt, tāpēc ka tu esi duraks, bet es varu — you can't do math, because you're stupid, but I can
    slidām skriet jau var katrs duraks, bet pamēģini tu dziedāt — any fool can run on skates, but you just try to sing
  2. (colloquial, in the plural) a certain card game
    “cūkas” jeb “duraki” ir kāršu spēle, kuras mērķis ir atbrīvoties no rokās esošajām kārtīm — “pigs,” or “fools,” is a card game whose objective it is to get rid of all the cards in one's hands

DeclensionEdit

Usage notesEdit

Since duraks is a relatively recent and obvious borrowing from Russian, many speakers consider it incorrect and suggest the use of muļķis instead.

SynonymsEdit

Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 05:43