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Idiomatic Doublets
Doubles Troubles
I'll have an assonant hendiadys to go, please --
and hold the mayo...

Category 8 Turkish Doublets --
According to Vowel Harmony

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Category 8 -- Vowel harmony between words in ikilemeler

Back Vowel Harmony
You (usually) find vowel harmony between words in an ikilemeler. So, if one of the 'back vowels' (a, ı, o, u) is used in the first syllable of the first word, then one of the 'back vowels' will be used similarly in the second word.

'Back vowel' ikilemeler

The ikilemeler

Literal Meaning

Plain English Meaning

Example usage and English translation

saç saça (baş başa)

hair to hair (head to head)

to begin to fight with each other, to rough up each other in a fight

İki kadın, filmde saç saça baş başa dövüştüler.

The two women in the film got into a helluva fight.

havadan sudan

from air from water

at random, of this and that

Havadan sudan konuştuk; vakit geçti.

We talked about this and that, and the time passed.

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'Back vowel' ikilemeler exceptions

Some ikilemeler don't follow this 'back vowel' rhyme-rule...

The ikilemeler

Literal Meaning

Plain English Meaning

Example usage and English translation

yol yordam
(yol yöntem)

road method

the right way to do (something)

Böyle yolsuz, yordamsız uygulamalarla eğitsel kol çalışmaları yürütülemez.

The educational branches can't perform their function with those screwed up applications.

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Front Vowel Harmony
If there's a front vowel (e, i, ö, ü) in the first syllable of the first word of the ikilemeler, then the second word follows suit (usually)...

'Front vowel' ikilemeler

The ikilemeler

Literal Meaning

Plain English Meaning

Example usage and English translation

delik deşik

hole hole

full of holes

Ceketi delik deşikti; giyilecek gibi değildi.

The jacket was full of holes; it was not wearable.

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The Lout [to a pal]:
My wife has a great temperament...
She never goes searching through my pockets...

The Lout's pal:
Oh really, and how would you know
[that she doesn't search through them]?
(Notice the transposed Turkish sentence structure --
refer to 'devrik cümle'...)

The Lout:
My pockets are full of holes [delik deşik], you see...
If she went searching through,
she'd certainly see [the holes]
and sew them up.
(Notice the transposed Turkish sentence structure --
refer to 'devrik cümle'...)


Thanks to:
Gözcu/Asabi Gazetesi, Gerçek Yayıncılık A. Ş.
(Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Owner)
and Volkan Atalay, creator of  'Maganda, The Lout'.
Ankara
30 May 2001

eğilip bükülmek

to be bent and to be twisted

  1. to fidget, squirm
  2. to fawn
Karşımda eğilip bükülerek bir şeyler anlatmak istiyordu.

He was sitting across from me wanting to explain things -- and squirming all the while...

  1. senet sepet
  2. senetsiz sepetsiz
  • documentary proof basket
  • lack of documentary proof basket
  1. written proof of a business transaction; an IOU; a bond
  2. (something) which has no written certification whatsoever
Arsayı alınca senet sepet yaptınız mı?

Did you make a written proof when you bought the land?

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But some 'front vowel' ikilemeler don't follow this rhyme 'rule'...

'Front vowel' ikilemeler exceptions...

The ikilemeler

Literal Meaning

Plain English Meaning

Example usage and English translation

üstü başı (dökülmek)

(to spill) top head

for ones clothes to be in tatters

Çocuğun üstü başı dökülüyordu, içeri aldı, giydirdi, doyurdu.

The kid's clothes were in tatters; she took him in, she dressed him (in something else), and stuffed him (with food).

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