Re: Holiday quiz (was: Ulysses S. Grant)
- --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, Petr Veselý <veselypetr@p...> wrote:
> I was just teasing you. :)))Oh, you are a card.
>>There is a town in East Anglia called Diss but you willI suppose you win brownie points for your creative and imaginative thinking but no shandy, I'm afraid. The reason you will never visit it is that AS YOU APPROACH IT DISS APPEARS.
>>never be able to visit it. Why not?
> I suppose I have figured it out.
> Once upon a time, <snip> lucky Petr, maybe, won a shandy
Did you enjoy your stay in Norfolk? Few problems with mad cow disease then?
- On Sat, 3 Jan 2004 10:40:34 +0100, you wrote:
>Hubicka is an old word, and polite. Not used today, but still has definitelyMany thanks Gabriela,
>nothing in common with todays huba!! :-)
>Some word has changed over last 50-100 years, one of them is holka (girl),
>today most widely used, but in the 20´ only the lower cast used it (it
>propably comes from holá), but every proper guy had a devce. So it seems
>like common speech of later decades is being accepted as polite and polite
>speech is slowly forgotten.
>For this reason, the way some immigrants speak today (in Romania etc.) may
>seem a little fit funny, but in fact, it is very nice that they kept their
>native language and very good for them, because many people tend to forget
>and it is no easy to keep two languages alive. :-)
>I used to have relatives in Chicago/Berwyn, and they spoke Czech at home
>until schoolmates of their boy laughed at him that he didnt know how to say
>zinka/washrag in English.
That is a wonderful explanation. I agree that the old, polite
versions sound so much better. I've always liked to use the
expression "dej mi hubicku" rather than "dej mi pusu". It just sounds
much more intimate. I was quite taken aback when told that 'dej mi
hubicku' meant "kiss my snout". Now I can go back to using the old
phrase and feel good about it. Also devce instead of holka. Much more
I am so glad you set me straight.