Pula (romanian) - The Penis-word Resource
May. 7th, 2007
01:07 pm - Pula (romanian)
In 101 C.E. the Roman emperor Trajan embarked upon a series of wars against the Thracian tribes of Dacia in retribution for their numerous raids across the Danube into Roman territory, and the massacre of two Roman legions in 87 C.E. (see the article on the Dacian Wars). By 106 C.E. the Romans had the measure of their opponents, and after a brief siege against the Dacian capital at Sarmisegetusa, they established their first - and only - trans-danubian provence.
As it happens, the Dacian Wars were brief, the Roman hold on the country tenuous, the reign short, and the end barely mentioned. In fact the only reference to the end of Roman Dacia is a line from the writings of Postumius Avienus which reads "under the Emperor Gallienus Dacia was lost." So, naturally, the country is now known as Romania, and their language, Romanian, is considered to be one of the most conservative of the Romance languages, preserving much of the morphology (especially the nominal morphology) of Latin as it was spoken 1800 years ago. Way to not let go, guys.
Pula is a vulgar reference to the penis in Romanian (the proper term is Penis as in English). The etymology of pula is in dispute, and most of the theories are frankly dumb, but it is generally agreed that the word is older than is common for a term to still be considered rude. Among the etymological theories, the one that is most interesting to us is the latin Pullus meaning "little bird."