You know some basic Croatian, enough to get you by, but there is nothing that will impress more than knowing a local phrase or slang that you can slip into a conversation. Croatia Week has launched its ‘Word / Phrase of the Day’, where we will teach you a variety of words and phrases commonly used in Croatia, but not commonly found in language learning material.
Ni luk jeo, ni luk mirisao
The phrase Ni luk jeo, ni luk mirisao basically means to deny ones involvement in something. To insist you have nothing to do with the situation. The literal translation is – I haven’t eaten the onion nor smelled it. (I haven’t been involved in this at all).
Example: Q. Prime Minister, you have ordered 150 brand new luxury cars for the Ministries, do you think that is appropriate in the current crisis? A. Ni luk jeo, ni luk mirisao – I haven’t been involved in this at all.
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