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Polonius3 983 | 12333  
19 Oct 2009 /  #1
I'm not sure there is really a Polish word for bullying, but it does go on. Bullying somehow seems very British, but I'm sure it is a global phenomenon.

Can any teachers or former pupils who have had such experiences comment on this? Better yet, compare the situation in Poland and the UK.
A fairly recent addition to the lexicon is the term mobbing. Wouldn't that really be little more than an adult workplace form of bullying which is more psychological than physical.
19 Oct 2009 /  #2
I'm not sure there is really a Polish word for bullying

znęcać się?
OP Polonius3 983 | 12333  
19 Oct 2009 /  #3
But "znęcać się" has a wider meaning than bullying, doesn't it.
Re the sentence "Mąż pijak znęca się nad rodziną..."
wouldn't we speak of domestic violence or physical abuse rather than bullying.
19 Oct 2009 /  #4
Yes. That would be something like "The drunken husband takes it out on his family" or "The drunken husband mistreats his family", but I think that "The drunken husband bullies his family" could work as well.

Tyranizować/tyranizuje doesn't seem quite appropriate, though.
mafketis 37 | 10943  
19 Oct 2009 /  #5
There is no generally accepted equivalent in Polish for 'bully' or 'bullying'.

That doesn't mean they don't exist here or that it doesn't happen in schools.
OP Polonius3 983 | 12333  
20 Oct 2009 /  #6
I once read a quote by Winston Churchill who suggested that bulying was something quintessentially typical of the English school. It can occur anywhere, just like people in Bolivia and Russia can drink tea with milk, but most don't. To reiterate, is bullying some kind of special cornerstone of English educational practice?
Wroclaw 44 | 5366  
20 Oct 2009 /  #7
the answer to this may be found in: Tom Brown's Schooldays
Ksysia 25 | 430  
20 Oct 2009 /  #8
I remember that in second class in primary school there was a girl we took it out on because she kept saying that she had a glass eye. we mocked her. one time i said that if it were true, she would show us. and she did. that stopped everything, we were too shocked for many days after. rest of my school days were just normal fighting and beating the boys up.

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