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Game - guess Polish idioms/sayings in direct English translation


OP pawian 176 | 14,266
18 Nov 2020 #1,141
Some things get better with age, are valued more?

Yes, what things exactly??

never heard this saying but I guess it is a bit indecent

I found it when I studied Polish Reneissance poetry.
Only a bit.
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
18 Nov 2020 #1,142
I guess it is a bit indecent

You have a filthy mind ;-)
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
18 Nov 2020 #1,143
what things exactly??

I know what I mean but it's hard to explain. The more someone ages, the better they become as a person. There is a phrase ' aging like a fine wine' that springs to mind. That might not be what your idiom is about though.
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
18 Nov 2020 #1,144
The more someone ages, the better they become as a person

Yes, but you need to be more specific - better in what, exactly? Just provide one aspect of human life.
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
18 Nov 2020 #1,145
I guess I mean people are valued and appreciated more for their knowledge and wisdom. More emotionally and spiritually balanced maybe? I don't think this is what you're looking for though.
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
18 Nov 2020 #1,146
knowledge and wisdom. More emotionally and spiritually balanced maybe?

Yes, but you are too general. It is knowledge and wisdom and balance in which sphere of human life exactly? Imagine: a hard tail, a hard tail. :):):)
gumishu 11 | 5,507
18 Nov 2020 #1,147
@pawian - don't make Pam blush :P
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
18 Nov 2020 #1,148
Imagine: a hard tail, a hard tail. :):):)

So Gumishu was right after all?

don't make Pam blush

There's not much that makes me blush these days....
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
18 Nov 2020 #1,149
hahaha
Jan Kochanowski wrote that funny poem To the Maiden.
staropolska.pl/renesans/jan_kochanowski/fraszki/fraszki_52.html

To a maiden

Lovely maiden, do not run away from me,
Thy countenance blushed and my beard that gray be
Shall surely agree; for, when one a wreath makes,
Together with a rose one a lily takes.

Lovely maiden, do not run away from me,
My heart is not old, though my beard may gray be;
Even though my beard is gray, I am still strong,
Garlic is white where round, and is green where is long.

Do not run, I advice; you know what they tell:
An old cat can keep his tail upright and well;

An oak, though is dry, though a leaf off it may fall,
On a healthy root it will stand strong and tall.

Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
18 Nov 2020 #1,150
And you let me ramble on about wisdom and knowledge when all the time the idiom was about something far more basic .......shame on you!
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
18 Nov 2020 #1,151
Basic? Human existence depends on it. It also requires knowledge and wisdom to do it right.
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
19 Nov 2020 #1,152
Of course, but you know what I meant ;-)

A new one:

Wziąć coś ze szczyptą soli
Lenka 3 | 2,293
19 Nov 2020 #1,153
To not believe it 100%, allow for exaggeration

Easy one:

to eat a barrel of salt
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
20 Nov 2020 #1,154
To not believe it 100%, allow for exaggeration

Yep, perfect explanation for taking something with a pinch of salt.

to eat a barrel of salt

To know someone very well and for a long time, having many shared experiences?
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
20 Nov 2020 #1,155
Less known about salt:
to sprinkle salt on one`s tail.
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
22 Nov 2020 #1,156
to sprinkle salt on one`s tail.

To do the unbelievable or impossible.

Last idiom - Ciągnąć czyjąś nogę
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
22 Nov 2020 #1,157
To do the unbelievable or impossible.

Yes, do you know where it comes from?
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
22 Nov 2020 #1,158
I thought it was advice given to children in a joking way.
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
22 Nov 2020 #1,159
Yes, but in what situation should you sprinkle salt on a tail?

new:
I am not made up of salt or field but of my pains/aches. or I don`t come from salt......
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
26 Nov 2020 #1,160
Just came across this one:
Russians threw a grenade into the front yard.
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
26 Nov 2020 #1,161
Calling sb arat is similar in both languages.

How about calling sb a catin Polish? Or a dog?
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
22 Dec 2020 #1,162
To catch a second breath- what is it about?
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
23 Dec 2020 #1,163
threw a grenade into the front yard.

Is it the equivalent of dropped a bombshell?

To catch a second breath

To find energy again after being tired and worn out. We would say ' to get a second wind'.

Ciągnąć czyjąś nogę
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
23 Dec 2020 #1,164
yes and yes. Pulling a leg means yakning sb`s chain.

And what about straw which sticks out of sb`s shoes?



Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
23 Dec 2020 #1,165
Pulling a leg means yakning sb`s chain.

Perfect :)

straw which sticks out of sb`s shoes?

Someone who acts in a posh manner but their lower class/boorish manner gives away their origins?
Dirk diggler 9 | 4,633
23 Dec 2020 #1,166
I've heard it used more to describe the people from the wioski who come into money or "wiesniaki" ... usually because of their appearance or their purchasing priorities - i.e. they'll buy a new Mercedes, but not spend money to fix their missing teeth... sloma z butow wystaje...
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
25 Dec 2020 #1,167
lower class/boorish manner

Yes, Chem and Dirk.

Two new ones - never presented:

to have your hand/arm cut off for sb/sth

to have hay in one`s head

Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
26 Dec 2020 #1,168
to have your hand/arm cut off for sb/sth

To give something or somebody your all? To do anything for a particular person/reason?

to have hay in one`s head

To act or think in an immature or stupid way? Polish people would describe such a person as being 'niedojrzały' I think.
Chemikiem 7 | 2,371
29 Dec 2020 #1,169
A new one:

Wyciągnąć królika z kapelusza
OP pawian 176 | 14,266
29 Dec 2020 #1,170
Yes and yes.

Pull the rabbit out of the hat? If you do it by its ears, it means you are a sadist coz it is forbidden to carry rabbits by their ears. If you do it by its balls, you are even a bigger sadist, plus a rabbit molester. You is editorial (Rich`s license).


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