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Archive for June, 2008

The Mythical Polish Plumber Posted by on Jun 16, 2008

My favorite politician, Nicholas Sarkozy went to Poland a few weeks ago and chatted with the Polish honchos in charge, namely, with one of the ducks – Lech Kaczyński. (The surname “Kaczyński” comes from the word “kaczka” which means “a duck” in English.) While in Poland, my favorite politician made the announcement of opening the…

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One Town Three Names Posted by on Jun 13, 2008

Poland has had a complicated history. And that’s a boring historical fact. What’s not boring is how that history affected the names of all sorts of places. In certain regions of what is now Poland, people sometimes lived in three different countries, all within the span of a lifetime, and without ever leaving their home…

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Poles vs Poles Posted by on Jun 9, 2008

The Euro Cup 2008 frenzy has started. TV programming has been rearranged, matches are replayed at nauseam by every news outlet imaginable, newspaper sports pages have swollen to twice their normal size and people on the streets proudly strut in their national colors. Yep. It’s all soccer. All the time. Soccer, or football, as we…

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Cases in Polish: Nominative Posted by on Jun 3, 2008

Because Polish nouns have seven (yep, you read that right – SEVEN!) cases, covering all of them in just one entry would be a bit of an overkill. To make it easy for all (but especially for me!), we’ll do them on a case-by-case basis. But first things first. What is a “case” anyway? (Warning!…

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