Chudak & other words
- Although I could not have told you about these words myself, my dictionary
does have them...see below.
Kat ("Katka") Turk
1. (neuprimny clovek) double-dealer, cheat, sneak, (i s^ibal^) scallyway
2. (s^ibal^) prankster
potmehu'dsky - sneaky, shifty, guileful, malicious
hudec - bandsman, orchestra player, musician, musicker
chu'da - poor or pitiable thing, poor child
chu'dak - poor fellow, devil, thing, sot, pauper, wretch, beggar
chudera - poor or unfortunate woman or thing
chuderka - poor woman, girl, or thing
From : Vladimir Bohinc <konekta@...> Save Address
To : Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
Subject : Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Chudak
Date : Fri, 21 Oct 2005 14:47:36 +0200
When I heard and saw this word to be spoken I had a feeling that the meaning
was meant to be like :" You naughty, naughty boy."
I do not have it in my Slovak vocabulary and I do not have it in the
vocabulary of the Eastern Slovakia.
Speaking about the latter, it appears to me, that at least one member of the
group has this two volume book.
What I find strikingly interesting to read there in the preface is the fact,
that the authors are very crytical about Stur and the fact, that the rest of
the slovak population is being forced to use the "official" slovak language,
which was created based on the dialect from Middle Slovakia and is thus
putting the Eastern slovak language into inferior position with tendency to
negate it. These two books I understand as an example of the fight for
national and cultural identity of Eastern Slovaks.
Another similar "news";
Apparently we are witnessing a slow birth of a "new" slavic nationality -
Rusyns or Ruthenians..
There language for the users in Slovakia has been codified in 1995!
( Paul Robert Magocsi, Toronto University)
So, things are far away from settled.
----- Original Message -----
From: Martin Votruba
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 9:27 AM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Chudak
> It's not in the dictionary.
Look for _potmehud_, Helen, it's quite a common word.
It's based on _hud-_ in the meaning of "murmur":
originally, sinister people -- who didn't want to be seen and their
intentions to be known, so they hid in the dark and talked under their
po + tme + hud "in-the-dark-murmurer"
As Vladimir says, it tends to have a milder meaning today, like mischievous
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu