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  • Hana Viansová
    Ah-haaa! Now it DOES make sense. He started off as neotesany (thus the name) but slowly got molded and shaped into a polite kid:-). H. ... From: Gerald
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      Ah-haaa! Now it DOES make sense. He started off as "neotesany" (thus the
      name) but slowly got molded and shaped into a polite kid:-).
      H.



      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Gerald Turner" <turner.gerald@...>
      To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 9:34 PM
      Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Brain teaser


      Take a look at the blurb:
      http://www.citarny.cz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=460

      I would have thought it was something of local Czech interest. For my the
      illustrations are all too reminiscent of the 1970s/80s. Don't think I'll be
      buying it.

      Gerry

      On 10/06/06, Hana Viansová <bebeebeee@...> wrote:
      >
      > Then it doesn't make any sense to me at all. Otesanek was someone who
      > was
      > greedy, a glutton you might say. If the form "Neotesanek" was supposed to
      > mean "not being a glutton", being modest etc., that would make some sense.
      >
      > But since "neotesany" is the direct opposite of "polite" I don't see the
      > logic... maybe someone will help me see it:-).
      > H.
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "James Kirchner" <jpklists@... <jpklists%40sbcglobal.net>>
      > To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com <Czechlist%40yahoogroups.com>>
      > Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 4:33 PM
      > Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Brain teaser
      >
      > Yes, it appears that he's supposed to be a polite child.
      >
      > Jamie
      >
      > On Jun 10, 2006, at 10:27 AM, Hana Viansová wrote:
      >
      > > Do I understand correctly that Neotesanek is the good guy? That
      > > would sound
      > > funny to me as being "neotesany" is IMHO nothing to be proud of...
      > > (meaning
      > > a hick, an oaf or the like).
      > > Hanka
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: "James Kirchner" <jpklists@...<jpklists%40sbcglobal.net>
      > >
      > > To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com <Czechlist%40yahoogroups.com>>
      > > Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 6:35 AM
      > > Subject: [Czechlist] Brain teaser
      > >
      > > In my e-mail I've just gotten this month's promotional letter from a
      > > company that sells Czech books in North America. One book title
      > > would make a good contest for translators.
      > >
      > > The book is supposed to be a guide on basic social manners for small
      > > children, and it's called "Neotesánek". How would you tackle THAT
      > > one in English?!
      > >
      > > Furthermore, it teaches kids not to be an "Otesánek" and how to be a
      > > "Neotesánek". The closest I can think of offhand is the bipolar
      > > classification they used to use on the old Romper Room TV show on our
      > > local Canadian channel. Kids were taught to be a "Do Bee" and not a
      > > "Don't Bee" (illustrated with little bee pictures).
      > >
      > > Anyone want to try it?
      > >
      > > Jamie
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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      >
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
      >
      >
      >



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