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See also: pasakā


 Pasaka on Latvian Wikipedia

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Pasaku grāmata


From pa- +‎ the verb sacīt (to say, to tell) (in its present tense stem sak-); cf. dialectal saka (tale, saying). The original meaning was thus “something to be said, told.” Cognates include Lithuanian pãsaka.[1]


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pasaka f (4th declension)

  1. legend, folktale, fairy tale (folkloric narrative, typically including fantastic or magic elements; the corresponding folkloric genre)
    vākt, publicēt tautas pasakas — to collect, to publish folk tales
    latviešu tautas pasakas — Latvian folktales
    pasaku teicējs, stastītājsstoryteller
    pasaku grāmata — book of folktales
    stastīt bērniem pasakas — to tell fairy tales to the children
    dzīvnieku pasakas — animal tales
    K. Skalbes pasakas — K. Skalbe's fairy tales
  2. (figuratively) uncommonly beautiful, pleasant, good
    kā pasakā — as in a fairy tale (i.e., very good, very beautiful)
    tā nebija platmale, bet pasaka! — that was not a hat, but a fairy tale!
    visiem tas šķita pasaka, nevis kuģis — to all it seemed more like a fairy tale than a ship
  3. (usually in the plural) nonsense, fantasy, exaggerations, rumors
    nestāsti nu pasakas! — don't you tell fairy tales!
    tās ir tīrās pasakas — this is pure fantasy


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  1. ^ “pasaka” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7