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A few comments on recent threads:
I understand that use of 'ahoj' came directly from the internationally
hailing word 'ahoy' and was first brought to these parts by the Czech
navy. Germany did not
play a role in this at all AFAIK. The Czech navy was part of the navy
of the Austrian Empire
and one of the elite military bodies in these lands. When
independence in October 1918, several hundred members of the Czech
navy were actually
deployed in the streets of Prague to keep order as they happened to be
one of the best
equipped and trained military forces to hand.
You think this is an April Fool's Day joke, don''t you? Uh uuuuh.
Would I do that to you? :) I can even quote you sources. Karen Von
Kunes (ooooh!) '72 Discussions of the Czech Language' p. 17: "ahoj is
an Anglicism that was brought by Czech sailors into the country during
World War I'.
I believe that 'ahoj' caught on first amongst the 'vodaci', the people
who like messing about on rivers, 'boating folk' or whatever we might
call them, and then the land-lubbers took it up in jest. It's a
bizarre kind of ongoing joke when you think about it, isn't it?
If the Czechs did pip the English at the post in translating a
complete bible properly (John Wyclif obviously used some cheapo
agency) it is hardly a surprise - is it, Jamie? At that
time English was still very much a minor European language and I
believe Richard II was actually the first king since 1066 to stop
speaking (Anglo-) French and start speaking English.
Radka - I'm glad I don't have your problems. Czech just doesn't seem
to have a pithy
expression for 'baby-boomer' AFAIK so maybe you are just going to have
to work something around 'populacne silna povalecna generace'.
Sackman - I presume you are referring to Estuary English. BTW all
cockney to me and my brother's girlfriend from the Isle of Skye tells
me all the English sound
cockney to her.
Monika - You are hereby appointed Czechlist Task Force Commander....:)
Martin J. - What is it like up there in Dublin? How do you find the
language spoken there?
Bob, Vlasta - how about another provincial meeting sometime? :)
Monika C. + Nathan - Many thanks for your descriptions last week of
sites, (possibly) buried utilities and so forth. Very useful stuff
indeed and very much