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"Oh, that' I said 'Is what we call nadsat talk. All the teens use that, sir"

Nadsat is the fictional slang invented by Anthony Burgess, for the novel 'A Clockwork Orange'. The words used are based on 'Russian, Rommany and rhyming slang'. The dialect is used by the teenagers or 'nadsats', with the name coming from the Russian suffix for 'teen'. As the novel is writen from Alex perspective it is used throughout the novel; the book features a glossary of Nadsat terms to assist in the readers understanding.

Origin Edit

Burgess originally planned to write to novel using the slang of the teenagers of the time, but he decided that would lead to the novel becoming outdated very quickly, so he created his own slang by blending Russian, Rommany and rhyming slang.

FilmEdit

Nadsat is still used in the Kurbrick film, however due to the change from literature to cinema, it's role is reduced due to the lack of glossary to support the dialect.

Nadsat WordsEdit

Here is a list or Nadsat words used in the novel and featured in the glossary provided in the book, some terms have variations that are unlisted but adjust the word for context (e.g. pulurals. tense):

AEdit

  • appy polly loggies: apologies

BEdit

  • babochka: old woman
  • bezoomny: crazy
  • biblio: library
  • bitva: battle
  • bog: God
  • bolnoy: sick
  • bolshy: big
  • bratchny: bastard
  • bratty, brat: brother
  • britva: razor
  • brooko: stomach
  • to brosat: to throw
  • bugatty: rich

CEdit

  • cal: shit
  • cancer: cigarette
  • cantora: office
  • carman: pocket
  • chasha: cup
  • chasso: guard
  • cheena: woman
  • to cheest: to wash
  • chelloveck: man, human being
  • chepooka: nonsense
  • choodessny: wonderful
  • cluve: beak
  • collocoll: bell
  • to crast: to steal
  • to creech: to scream
  • cutter: money

DEdit

  • darkmans: night
  • deng: money
  • devotchka: girl
  • dobby: good
  • domy: house
  • dorogoy: valuable
  • to drats: to fight
  • droog, droogie: friend

EEdit

  • eegra: game
  • eemya: name
  • eggiweg: egg

FEdit

  • to filly: to play
  • flip: very, great
  • forella: trout, woman

GEdit

  • glaz, glazzy: eye, nipple
  • gloopy: stupid
  • golly: coin
  • goloss: voice
  • goober: lip
  • to gooly: to go
  • gorlo: throat
  • to govoreet: to talk, speak
  • grahzny, grazzy: dirty
  • gromky: loud
  • groody: breast
  • guff: laugh
  • gulliver: head

HEdit

  • hem-korm: pocket change
  • horrorshow: good, well

IEdit

  • interessovatted: interested
  • to itty: to go

JEdit

  • jammiwam: jam, jelly
  • jeezny: life

KEdit

  • kartoffel: potato
  • keeshkas: guts
  • kleb: bread
  • klootch: key
  • knopka: button
  • kopat: understand
  • koshka: cat
  • krovvy: blood
  • to kupet: to buy

LEdit

  • lewdies: people
  • lighter: old woman
  • litso: face
  • lomtick: piece
  • to lovet: to catch
  • to lubbilub: to kiss

MEdit

  • malchick: boy
  • malenky: little
  • maslo: butter
  • merzky: flithy
  • messel: idea
  • mesto: place
  • milicent: police
  • minoota: minuete
  • molodoy: young
  • moloko: milk
  • moodge: man, husband
  • morder: snout
  • mounch: food
  • mozg: brain

NEdit

  • to nachinat: to begin
  • nadmenny: arrogant
  • nadsat: teen
  • nagoy: naked
  • nazz: name
  • neezhnies: panties
  • nochy: night
  • noga: foot, leg
  • nozh: knife

0Edit

  • oddy knocky: alone
  • okno: window
  • to oobivat: to kill
  • to ookadeet: to leave
  • ooko: ear
  • oomny: intelligent
  • oozhassny: dreadful
  • oozy: chain
  • to osoosh: to wipe
  • otchkies: glasses

PEdit

  • to peet: to drink
  • pishcha: food
  • to platch: to cry
  • platties: clothes
  • plennies:prisoners
  • plesk: splash
  • pletcho: shoulder
  • plott: body
  • pol: sex
  • polezny: useful
  • to pony: to understand
  • poogly: frightened
  • pooshka: pistol
  • prestoopnick: criminal
  • pretty polly: money
  • to prod: to produce
  • ptitsa: woman
  • pyahnitsa: drunk

REdit

  • to rabbit: to work
  • radosty: joy
  • rassoodock: mind
  • raz: time
  • razdraz: angry
  • raskazz: story
  • to razrez: to tear
  • rooker: hand, arm
  • rot: mouth
  • rozz: policemen

SEdit

  • sabog: shoe
  • sakar: sugar
  • sarky: sarcastic
  • scoteena: beast
  • shaika: gang
  • sharp: woman
  • sharries: buttocks, arse
  • shest: barrier
  • shilarny: interest
  • shive: slice
  • shiyah: neck
  • shlaga: club, cudgel
  • shlaga: hat
  • shelm: helment
  • shoom: noise
  • shoomny: noisy
  • shoot: fool
  • sinny: cinema
  • to skazat: to say
  • skolliwoll: school
  • skorry: fast
  • to skvat: to snatch
  • sladky: sweet
  • to sloochat: to happen
  • to slooshy: to hear
  • slovo: word
  • to smeck: to laugh
  • to smot: to look
  • sneety: dream
  • snoutie: tobacco
  • to sobirat: to pick up
  • soomka: bag, unattractive woman
  • to spat with: to have sex with
  • spatchka: sleep
  • spoogy: terrified
  • starry: old
  • stack: horror

TEdit

  • tally: waist
  • tashtook: handkerchief
  • tass: cup
  • to tolchock: to hit
  • toofles: slippers
  • twenty-to-one: fun

VEdit

  • vareet: to cook up
  • vaysay: bathroom
  • veck: man, guy
  • veshch: thing
  • to viddy: to see
  • voloss: hair
  • von: smell
  • to vred: to injure

YEdit

  • yahma: mouth, hole
  • yazick: tongue
  • yarbles: testicles
  • to yeckate: to drive

ZEdit

  • zammechat: remarkable
  • zasnoot: sleep
  • zheena: wife
  • zooby: teeth
  • zurick: penis
  • zvook: ring, sound
  • zvonock: bell

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