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Polish brands in England


ATsuri 1 | 2  
12 Oct 2008 /  #1
Hi everyone :)
I'm a student and I need some help. Our English teacher gave us a task: Find any Polish brand/products names which may be somehow offensive or troublesome for English people (especially food). So there's my request... :)

Could you give me some hints?
For example, my dictionary says that word lech /letsh/ ('Lech' is a beer) means:'Someone showing strong or offensive sexual desire'. I would be grateful for all your ideas.

In exchange I can give you some recipes:)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
12 Oct 2008 /  #2
I have never thought about this before, I am sure i know loads. There is a paint called Bolix:

economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Cons_Products/Paints/Berger_Paints_bags_Polish_firm_Bolix_for_38_million/articleshow/2997111.cms

and there are a few shops here with F,art but they sell clothes. I guess I laugh too much t find out what they really are. The most offensive would be "Kefir" which in South African English is probably the most offensive word you can call a person who is black. I will look out for more, i am sure there are. An interesting one but not offensive is the use of "Xero" meaning to photocopy, the way I say "Hoover" to mean "vacuum"
OP ATsuri 1 | 2  
13 Oct 2008 /  #3
Nice examples, thanks a lot :)

If you will find some more till Wednesday please PM me or write them down here.

Dear Mr. Moderator
Thanks for moving my topic here and sorry for troubling you:)
whyikit 6 | 102  
14 Oct 2008 /  #4
The only one I know, was a drink that I think they used to sell in Poland called Fart, although not offensive. I was in Poland recently and saw a few things like this just can not remember them now, searched for the drink but could not find any....
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
14 Oct 2008 /  #5
'Fart' in Polish slang means 'a stroke of luck'. But apparently it prevents any company with that name to expand in English-speaking countries :)
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Oct 2008 /  #6
Sports shoe shop called "Athletes Foot"
Magdalena 3 | 1,837  
15 Oct 2008 /  #7
Isn't that British though? It always makes me smile when I pass one of those ;-)
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Oct 2008 /  #8
Isn't that British though?

Not that Im aware, I've certainly never seen one in the UK, it made me smile too
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
15 Oct 2008 /  #9
"Athletes foot " is an American franchise with a few stores in Pl but none in the UK.
Magdalena 3 | 1,837  
15 Oct 2008 /  #10
I seem to have seen them in the UK, but maybe I'm confused ;-)
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Oct 2008 /  #11
Maybe "foot locker" we have them here
OP ATsuri 1 | 2  
15 Oct 2008 /  #12
Thanks:)

I googled 'Fart'... It seems that it's a very popular 'name'. Actually I've never met the real meaning of this word before. (Un)fortunatelly we are only taught decent English language;]

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