A lucky person

Discussion in 'All Languages' started by sakvaka, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. sakvaka

    sakvaka Senior Member

    Whenever someone is lucky in Finnish, we call him onnenpekka. Onnen is the genitive singular of onni (luck) and Pekka is a common Finnish male name. So: Luck's Pekka

    In Swedish, they use another phrase - lyckans ost (luck's cheese :D).

    I've heard that the Americans can apply a phrase like I'm a lucky dog. Is this true?

    And how do you say it in other languages? Thanks in advance!
  2. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod (AL mod)

    French (lower Normandy)
    In French, I don't think we have anything very colourful.
    "Un chanceux" (from the noun "chance" = luck)
    "Un veinard" (from the noun / expression "(avoir de) la veine" = literally: (to have) luck = to be lucky). A bit more colloquial
  3. jazyk Senior Member

    Brno, Česká republika
    Brazílie, portugalština
    In Portuguese: um sortudo (m.), uma sortuda (f.) (from sorte, luck).
  4. Orlin Banned

    Bulgarian: късметлия/kasmetliya (късмет=luck (Turkish origin) and modified Turkish suffix -li is added to it).
  5. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member

    In Greek:
    (tiçe'racas masculine noun; used irrespective of sex).
    It's formed with the joining together of the adjective «τυχερός, -ή, ό*» (tiçe'ros masculine, tiçe'ri feminine, tiçe'ro neuter)-->lucky, fortunate, deriving from the Classical «τυχηρός*» (tŭxē'rŏs) with the same meaning + derogatory suffix «-άκιας» (-'acas)
    the set expression «έχω τύχη* βουνό» ('exo 'tiçi vu'no) lit. "I've got luck [as big as] a mountain"

    *Since ancient times «τύχη» ('tūxē feminine noun) described luck or the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, goddess «Τύχη». From PIE base *dʰeugʰ-, to push, abut, touch (cognate with Ger. tüchtig)
  6. ilocas2 Senior Member


    klikař (klika - luck - from German Glück)
    IMHO it's slightly old-fashioned
  7. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    счастливчик /stchastlivtchik/ - root meaning "happiness" + diminutive/endearment suffix
    везунчик /vezuntchik/ - root meaning "luck" + diminutive/endearment suffix
  8. Frank78

    Frank78 Senior Member

    In German we have: "der Glückspilz" (luck's mushroom).
  9. Orlin Banned

    Bulgarian: щастливец/shtastlivets.
  10. ilocas2 Senior Member

    In Czech there's also šťastlivec, I couldn't remember, and it's used more than klikař
  11. Black4blue

    Black4blue Senior Member

    That's cool. Even we don't use it much. It's an old word and doesn't mean luck exactly. We use just a simple word, şanslı. (lucky)

    şans comes from chance or it's French version I guess. Don't say luck and chance are not the same. :D Cause they are the same word in Turkish.
    We can also say talih which means luck only. And then add the same suffix (-lı,-li,-lu,-lü) to it to make it mean lucky: talihli.

    Oh, I've just remembered. When someone wins huge money, we say "başına talih kuşu kondu" (The luck bird sat on his/her head).
  12. catlady60

    catlady60 Senior Member

    Nazareth, PA
    English-US (New York City)
    Yes it is! Americans also say He's/She's a lucky stiff, or he/she stepped in dog shit or stepped in it (at least in the New York area) when someone has, or had, a run of good luck.
  13. Rallino Moderatoúrkos

    We also say: "ballı" (lit. honey'ed). This is a little slang though.
  14. Angelo di fuoco Senior Member

    Russian & German (GER) bilingual
    The words счастливчик & счастливец are related (the first is the diminutive of the second), but счастливчик is a tiny (or not so tiny, depending on the meaning the speaker gives it) bit derogatory and, although quite neutral, not a high-style word and not very suitable even for newspaper articles.
  15. Hakro

    Hakro Senior Member

    Helsinki, Finland
    Finnish - Finland
    Mon dictionnaire dit aussi né coiffé - c'est très pittoresque, n'est-ce pas ?
  16. mataripis

    mataripis Senior Member

    Tagalog: Isang mapalad na Tao! *De pa Dumaget: E mapaled di Agta.
  17. Alxmrphi Senior Member

    Reykjavík, Ísland
    UK English
    In the UK you say someone is really "jammy", with luck on their side, like they didn't do anything for a good action to happen.
    I found jobs almost instantly when travelling Oz, and my friend often described me to others as being "really jammy".
    Same thing when I didn't want to go bowling because I was too hungover and kept getting strikes without even trying.

    But there are other ways, too.
  18. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Dutch (Belgium): gelukzak (luckbag, happinessbag)
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011
  19. MaxJ Senior Member

    Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
    Dutch- Netherlands
    Or in Dutch:

    Geluksvogel which means Lucky Bird.
  20. ilhermeneuta Senior Member

    California, USA
    Mexican Spanish
    Similarly in Spanish we say: un suertudo (m.), una suertuda (f.).
  21. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    Interesting! In Spanish from Venezuela, in colloquial we call a lucky person ''lechuo/a'' which literally means '' milky person'', and as far as I know, in Peru they use it too. But if you don't want to be colloquial, you just use ''suertudo/a'' as portuguese does.
  22. ilhermeneuta Senior Member

    California, USA
    Mexican Spanish
    Interesting indeed! I've heard that expression from Peruvians. In Mexico, however, I think we only use ''suertudo''. Sometimes ''afortunado'' can render the same meaning though.
  23. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    I have heard more the word ''afortunado'' in Mexico, perhaps it depends on the region which one is the most used.
  24. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member

    I apologize for quoting myself but I just remembered that in the casual spoken language (almost slang), the lucky person is «κωλόφαρδος, -η, -ο» (ko'lofarðos, m./ko'lofarði, f./ko'lofarðo, n.)--> lit. broad-assed. Compound; masculine noun «κώλος» ('kolos), which derives from the Classical one «κῶλον» ('kōlŏn, n.)--> init. any part of body, limb, later, the rectum, buttocks (PIE base *(s)kel-, to lean, bend, joint) + adj. «φαρδύς, -ιά, -ύ» (far'ðis, m./far'ðja, f./far'ði, n.)--> broad, large, wide.
    It's an ancient metaphor appearing for the first time in Aristophanes' play «Νεφέλαι» (The clouds); there Aristophanes describes the lucky person as being «εὐρύπρωκτος» (eu'rŭprōktŏs), which is a verbatim of the modern one «κωλόφαρδος».
    One often hears friends, when discussing someone's good fortune, expressing their surprise (or jealousy) with «τι φάρδος!» (ti 'farðos!) lit. "what a breadth!"
  25. Nizo Senior Member

    In Esperanto, a lucky person (Am.E. lucky duck, lucky dog) is a bonŝanculo.
  26. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Hungarian szerencsefia [szerencse luck fia son]
    Czeh: dítě Štěstěny [the same]
  27. Grefsen

    Grefsen Senior Member

    Southern California
    English - United States
    In Norwegian a lucky person can be called "en heldiggris" (a lucky pig).

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