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A great name


Rzeszow, Poland, April 2010

Yes, I understand that this is actually a straightforward translation of a common word into Polish, but if I ever open a bar, “Alkohole” will be a great name for it.

As it is, I am now in the Ukraine, a little to the east of Rzeszow. Given the closure of most European airspace, I have no idea whatsoever how or when I am going to return to the UK. One option would be swearing.


This is also presumably a straightforward translation into Polish?

Another option, and the one I will be taking up, would be to just potter around for a bit. I am in no pressing hurry to return to London, and pottering around in this part of the world is not expensive. I could try and return by surface transport, but crowds and crushes and expenses and sold out trains and ferries do not sound like much fun. I may even head east for a bit. Odessa and Crimea sound interesting.

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8 comments to A great name

  • michael farris

    Delikatesy is a Polish translation of the German Delicatessen ‘delicacies’. When the German plural word was borrowed into English it turned into a singular.

    That is if you were asking about ‘delikatesy’, I have no idea what to say if you were asking about FRAC…

  • Actually, I was trying to make a joke about how frak might be spelled slightly differently in Polish from the way familiar to us.

    Possibly too nerdy.

  • michael farris

    Okay. I’d never heard of frac or frak, so I guess I’m deprived, culturally speaking.

    And c in Polish pronounced like ts, so I mentally read it with that sound which didn’t help.

    And (just to show how dense I can be) I’ve lived in Poland for many years now and somehow never associated the end of ‘alkohole’ with ‘hole’.

  • Michael Jennings

    Yes, it would have been a better joke if the spellings of frak and FRAC were reversed. Alas, though….

  • Michael, did you find my translations useful?

  • I took a train from London to Kiev once, it was all pretty simple. Going the other way wouldn’t be hard, if you go Kiev-Warsaw-Berlin-Brussels-London.

    I also took a taxi from Kiev to the Crimea, which was an exceptionally bad idea. The Crimea is well worth visiting though.

  • I took a train from London to Kiev once, it was all pretty simple. Going the other way wouldn’t be hard, if you go Kiev-Warsaw-Berlin-Brussels-London.

    I also took a taxi from Kiev to the Crimea, which was an exceptionally bad idea. The Crimea is well worth visiting though.