Noun. From Albanian.
“A sound made that is used to express mild disappointment”
Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit with this one…
There are probably a few word in English that could match this one, and as it is technically an exclamation, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a codified word (e.g. put into a dictionary).
But just look at it. Two letters. No vowels. And a crazy pronunciation following the guide given on this website:
- ‘c’ is usually pronounced like the first half of the Japanese つ, or ‘ts’
- ‘q’ is usually pronounced like the ‘ch’ in the German ‘ich’ (a soft ‘ch’ as it’s sometimes known)
- Ergo, that gives us ‘tsch,’ where the word ends with an unvoiced glottal fricative
No… I didn’t to begin with either. However, I have no Albanian contacts that I can verify this pronunciation with, so if anyone would care to comment and tell us more about this exclamation, feel free to do so =]