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Additional definition?[edit]

Should "turd" be added as an additional definition? 20:22, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

I don’t think so. That refers to a piece of it, and I don’t think chąąʼ means a piece. It’s a mass noun. —Stephen 04:40, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

OK, right now it's listed as a translation at turd. 05:50, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

It’s like most of the other words listed as a translation of turd. Most of them don’t mean a piece, most are mass nouns. I don’t think many languages have a precise word for turd. —Stephen 05:58, 24 May 2010 (UTC)


Can this also mean shit? 05:41, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes, except that shit is vulgar and chąąʼ is not nearly so vulgar. Shit is part of the extensive speech taboos that Indo-European languages have, and speech taboos are cultural, not universal. —Stephen (Talk) 10:25, 14 December 2010 (UTC)


I'm curious if the Navajo terms chąąʼ, bichąąʼ, and bichaan are used at all similarly to some of the slang senses for English shit, or if the Navajo terms are only ever used in their literal senses. -- Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 21:32, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

No, I don’t think chąąʼ can be used for marijuana or hard work. It is literal, but it can be used with other words to make other meanings: chąąʼ neiyéhé means gangsta, thug, gang member (literally, "he hauls shit"). The polite word for it is tłʼaajįʼééʼ ndaazí (the one with heavy pants, sagger). —Stephen (Talk) 06:30, 9 April 2013 (UTC)


I noticed that chąąʼ is identical to the perfective verb stem of achįʼ (he/she/it defecates). Is the noun chąąʼ derived from the verb? Or is the verb derived from the noun? ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 21:09, 5 May 2016 (UTC)