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fiswa*

* noiseless fart

Maltese Malta

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) In Maltese there is a distinction between ''bassa'' (a fart) and a ''fiswa'' (a noiseless fart). ''Fiswa'' is also used for someone who divulges secrets, pokes their nose in other people's business or who simply is irritating. According to a local proverb, ''bassa daħka u fiswa ġlieda'', literally ''a fart is a laugh and a fiswa is a fight''. Nobody admits to breaking wind silently.

"Kxiftni, ja fiswa!"

"You've given me away, you noiseless fart!"