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English words of Polish origin


xwelcomex 5 | 5  
15 Dec 2008 /  #1
I need 5 or 6 English words of Polish origin. The only one I've been given so far is gherkin. I don't speak more than a tiny bit of Polish so have no idea if even this is correct.

They need to be words originally specific to the Polish language (or words established in Polish before English). I'm sure there must be some.

Can anyone help? Thanks :-)
pawian 168 | 11,014  
15 Dec 2008 /  #2
Spruce....
plk123 8 | 4,150  
15 Dec 2008 /  #3
hate to blow that one word of yours but it's not polish: Dutch gurken,
pawian 168 | 11,014  
15 Dec 2008 /  #4
Hmmm....

Lookie hier: thefreedictionary.com/Gherkins

[Dutch gurken, pl. of gurk, cucumber, short for agurk, possibly from Polish ogorek, perhaps from Late Greek angourion.]
:):)
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
15 Dec 2008 /  #5
gherkin sounds more German (Gurke) than Polish (ogórek) - although according to Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Polish_origin) it came to English from Dutch and to Dutch from Polish, who knows.

I think in American English (at least in Illinois and New York area) words like "pierogi", "barszcz" (with slightly altered spelling) and sometimes even "kiełbasa", "pączki" (of course spelled with "l" instead of "ł" and with "a" instead of "ą"), but I'm not sure if they are officially recognized by AmE dictionaries and I don't know how popular in England/UK those words are.

Also a dance/music "mazurka" (popularized by Chopin)
plk123 8 | 4,150  
15 Dec 2008 /  #6
Lookie hier:
Dutch gurken,

yes, i see that you see it too. :)

but if you really want to split hairs, then here you go: ultimately from Middle Greek agouros (Cucumis anguria) :D :D
slick77 - | 127  
15 Dec 2008 /  #7
Can anyone help? Thanks :-)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Polish_origin
Dziady - | 50  
16 Dec 2008 /  #8
This is not a reliable source at all.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
17 Dec 2008 /  #9
Explain why. And find us sth reliable ;)
Dziady - | 50  
17 Dec 2008 /  #10
Explain why.

It isn't reliable because absolutely anybody can add whatever they want to the web page. If you go there in just a moment, you will see that I have added the word "pet" with absolutely nothing true to back it up just to demonstrate my point.

Aside from that, there aren't actually many English words there. There are just Polish foods, dances, and so on.

And find us sth reliable ;)

I'll give it a look.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
17 Dec 2008 /  #11
It isn't reliable because absolutely anybody can add whatever they want to the web page

In general, Wikipedia is a reliable site. Most of the articles i've read are well written and trustworthy.

If you go there in just a moment, you will see that I have added the word "pet" with absolutely nothing true to back it up just to demonstrate my point.

Just been on the page and didn't see it. And even if you did it, someone will remove sooner or later.

I'll give it a look.

Great ;)
Dziady - | 50  
17 Dec 2008 /  #12
In general, Wikipedia is a reliable site. Most of the articles i've read are well written and trustworthy.

I could not disagree more.

Just been on the page and didn't see it. And even if you did it, someone will remove sooner or later.

I did do it. Did you know that English "pet" came from Polish "ptak?" Probably someone will if it's that obvious, and I will grant you that lists of word origins are probably not the most unreliable thing on Wikipedia. Yet, with so many reliable sources out there, why go to Wikipedia? --just because it always pops up first on a Google or Yahoo search?
Polson 5 | 1,771  
17 Dec 2008 /  #13
I could not disagree more.

Why? I've heard scientists saying that science articles were generally good and reliable. The site is thinking of a quality rating system though, to show that certain articles are more reliable than others.

I did do it. Did you know that English "pet" came from Polish "ptak?"

Haha, nice one ;)

with so many reliable sources out there, why go to Wikipedia? --just because it always pops up first on a Google or Yahoo search?

I don't go exclusively onto Wikipedia, but i sometimes do cause i know what i can trust and what i cannot ;)
Dziady - | 50  
17 Dec 2008 /  #14
Why? I've heard scientists saying that science articles were generally good and reliable. The site is thinking of a quality rating system though, to show that certain articles are more reliable than others.

Adolescents edit it at will and I would contend that such edits are reverted less than half the time. It may be true of some science articles simply because the only people interested in them are those likely to edit them. As someone who studied biology as a university student, I have met more than the site's fair share of misinformation in that scientific discipline. To each his own, Polson, but I would never use Wikipedia for anything more than a very general sence of what something is or what it means.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
17 Dec 2008 /  #15
I use Wikipedia for more or less general research. I'm not saying that we should trust every single article, but from what i've read, i didn't see any abuse or false statements, maybe i didn't notice them, but when it's coherent, there are chances that the said article is a reliable one.
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
17 Dec 2008 /  #16
English words of Polish origin

Polacks
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
17 Dec 2008 /  #17
At a guess I would say Kiebasa and peirogi?

I would say Kurwa is catching on every where these days, no?
slick77 - | 127  
27 Dec 2008 /  #18
Aside from that, there aren't actually many English words there. There are just Polish foods, dances, and so on.

Are there any other English words of Polish origin beside those listed on Wikipedia's site?

If you are aware of any I would be happy to see it.

Yet, with so many reliable sources out there, why go to Wikipedia?

Give me one example of a website similar in scope and precision to Wikipedia's site.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
27 Dec 2008 /  #19
aren't all these words in fact just polish words used by others and not english words of polish origin?

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