My family comes from SE of Kosice. For us, <s~umny> meant nice or pretty, while <krasny> meant beautiful. Then again, there was <paradny>, which also meant pretty, but with the connotation of "fanciness" as well. This weekend, when I looked at the family tree I had to make for my HS biology class (for the genetics segment), I saw that one of my great-grandfathers had the nickname <paradny>. I guess he liked to dress well...or as well as a poor peasant could.
>>> William F Brna <wfbrna@...> 02/11/08 3:12 PM >>>
The word is "s~umny" and means beautiful. This was the common term for
beautiful in our house. My parents came from Orava, near the Slovak
Polish border and it's possible that there was some Polish influence in
using the term. We also used "krasny". In fact, my mother was born in
Krasna Horka, which is now partof Tvrdos~in.
On Sun, 10 Feb 2008 06:19:00 -0000 "Sinbad Schwartz"
I'm trying to find the definition of the word "shumny" or "shumni"
(spelled phonetically). As I recall from childhood the word was used
to describe something that was attractive or pretty. My parents spoke
Rusyn and were from the Bardejov area. Krasny or prekrasny was the
more common term used to describe something beautiful or attractive.
I can't find it in Magocsi's, "Let's Speak Rusyn..." or my Slovak
dictionary. It might be Ukrainian or Polish because of the area of
Slovakia that they were from. Thanks.
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