The Off-Color Dictionary of Turkish Slang – Frikik (Free Kick)

Our Off-Color Dictionary began when our Turkish nephew, Yanki, suggested (in 1996) that we prepare a page of the most commonly heard Turkish curse words. If we left them out, he warned, our coverage of ‘Practical Turkish’ would be incomplete. How could Turkish students manage, he insisted, without a basic knowledge of everyday Turkish slang and profanity?

And then he persuaded us that you can never have a complete idea of ​​a language unless you are familiar with its bawdy jargon. (This is especially true in a language like Turkish, where faded words can be intermixed with everyday ‘polite’ speech, without blinking. Boktan comes to mind first, for example.)

And here’s one of our favorite racy Turkish colloquialisms …

  • geek (free kick) – when, for example, a woman gets out of a car wearing a skirt and accidentally (?) spreads her legs to expose her underwear, the man watching the event is said to have received a ‘freak’. The term originates from the soccer term, Free Kick, and is equally applicable if the man glimpses an exposed breast when a woman accidentally (?) Leans too far in front of him.

    Like an outbreak of geek, there’s also:

  • geek yatmak – [for a man] wait in a convenient place to get a geek; bed. lie down for a free kick


  • frikik vermek – [for a woman] to grant a geek, by the way;

    bed. take a free kick
  • Illustrative examples:

    Hülya Avsar is one of Turkey’s favorite stars of theater, screen and television. Besides being nice, talented and pretty, she … ummm… sexy, which multiplies his legion of fans. AND Frikik ‘antics’ by Hülya inspire her celebrity sisters, who emulate her, on purpose.

    So when actress and model Hande Ataizi started to steer clear of celebrity headlines, she decided to take action, as quickly as she could … The other night, as she was out bars with her latest love, she was wearing a microphone. silk. mini dress, and as she left the bar scene to return home, she gave the photographers what they described as “The Frikik (free kick) of the year!

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