Re: [Czechlist] Who cuts women's hair?
- On Jun 28, 2007, at 2:42 AM, ��rka Rubkov� wrote:
> Thirded, I go to holic as well. Jamie, you have to realise that youSure. I know that kids from east of Plzen didn't know what knobloch
> staing in Marianske Lazne nearby German borders and colloquial
> language of
> local people was and still is mcuh influenced by German language
> where frizer and knobloch come from)
meant, but they all seemed to use the word friz�r. Hmm.
Another thing I noticed was that people in Marianske Lazne will mix
other languages (not only German) into their Czech just for comic
effect. I thought this was a normal thing to do in Czech until I had
moved home and was supposed to escort some dignitaries from north of
Prague around town. We were laughing about something, I mixed some
German or French or something into my Czech just to get the right
effect, and the men didn't understand me and looked at me blankly,
wondering why I was suddenly talking like that.
As for these Germanisms being mainly characteristic of old people, I
learned most of them from high school kids whose parents were in
their 30s, so it may have been more a matter of the region than of
Thanks to all who have explained this to me. I think "holic" for
women must be one of those usages that bounced off my skull while I
was over there. People learning a language have a tendency to think
words or expressions don't exist, and once they learn them they'll
hear them jumping out of everywhere all day.
While we're talking about women going to a holic, I might as well
share a little perlicka from one of my ESL classes here in the
States. A young Chaldean woman was describing to the class her life
in Baghdad during the first Gulf War. She said, "I was on the floor
of my apartment, the bombs were blowing up, the building was
shaking. We didn't have heat, water or electrolysis for three months
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