I must apologize in advance, some of you may find this post a bit vulgar. Nevertheless, I'm sure that many more will actually enjoy this fine piece of Hungarian cultural history.
It so happenned that during the hot summer of 1903 in an obscure corner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire some good people found a spur. Since in the legendary bureaucracy of the aforementioned empire nothing went undocumented, the find (who knows, it could have been the spur of king Attila!) was referred to the local archaelogical authorities. They were puzzled. Shunning responsability in good bureaucratical fashion the matter was forwarded to the capital. Dr Réthy (pictured on the right), eminent linguist (i.a. learned Sanskrit in Vienna!) etc., in charge at that time, gave them this kind answer:
Tekintetes kultúrmérnöki hivatal
Tegnapi póstával érkezett 1090/1903 sz. hivatalos okiratukra,
melyben azt kérdik, hogy a Nagy-Berki község
határában lelt régi sarkantyúval mi történjék?
hivatalos tisztelettel azt válaszolom, hogy
basszák meg az urak a sarkanytyújukat, mert
35 Reaumur höségben ilyen szarságokkal
Budapest 1903 aug 18.
lófasz a seggükbe
Dr. Réthy László
m. n. muz. érem és régiségosztályi
A XIV. ker. m. kir. Kulturmérnöki hivatalnak
[To] the honourable department of cultural engineering
[In] the city of Pécs
With reference to the official document no. 1090/1903 which I received in today's mail and in which you enquire about what is to be done with the old spur found in the outskirts of Nagy-Berek, I answer with due official respect that the good gentlemen should f**k their spur, since in this heat of 35 Reaumur [= 43.75 Celsius = 110.75 Fahrenheit!] we cannot be bothered with such s**t.
Budapest 1903 August 18.
With the utmost respect,
[and wishing] a horse's c**k up your a*s
Dr. László Réthy
Department of Coins and Antiquities, H[ungarian] N[ational] Mus[eum]
[To] the department of cultural engineering of the King[dom] of H[ungary], district XIV
[In] the city of Pécs
If you have ever tried working your way through Hungarian official documents the question you must be asking is: gosh, whatever went wrong?
Labels: bzhad gad, Hungary, rant, Sanskrit, subhāṣita/legs bshad