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Re: [Czechlist] TERM: Prozvonit

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  • Valerie Talacko
    Give me a couple of rings? (In UK English, anyway) Valerie ... From: melvyn.geo To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 1:20 PM Subject:
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      Give me a couple of rings? (In UK English, anyway)

      Valerie
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      From: melvyn.geo
      To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 1:20 PM
      Subject: [Czechlist] TERM: Prozvonit


      Any thoughts on this latest item from the new Bohemica weblog?

      http://www.bohemica.com/czechupdate/?p=23

      Prozvonit: A Czech word from the world of mobile phones

      Mobile phones have given the Czechs not just the opportunity not to
      set the exact time and place for their meetings but also a new word
      which is sorely lacking in English.

      It is prozvonit and it means to ring somebody on their mobile phone
      without wanting them to answer it. This is usually prearranged and is
      done to save money when no conversation is necessary, just as a reminder.

      For instance, Az prijdes pred barak, prozvon^ me, a ja ti prijdu
      otevrit means 'when you're in front of my house, ring me on the mobile
      (I won't pick it up) and I will come and open the door'. A very
      awkward concept to express in English.

      M.
      Will localizes us; thought universalizes us.
      - Henri Frederic Amiel






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