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Polish Proverbs (American style?)


ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
23 Jul 2010 #1


Sokrates, you're good at this sort of stuff; Any real historical Polish proverbs come to mind?
Eurola 4 | 1,906
23 Jul 2010 #2
Huh? I never heard anybody polish saying them. Did you?
bbanjo69
23 Jul 2010 #3
maybe not a proverb but a saying : z gory ci za to dziekuje - i thank you from the top of the mountain.
OP ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
23 Jul 2010 #4
I heard this one from a Polish/Finnish American;
"Women have a less accurate measure of time than men: there's a clock in Adam, none in Eve."

What's his name again?lol
youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g0JFQDmlVME
Ashleys mind 3 | 455
2 Dec 2010 #5
These are hilarious! I love it!

I didn't know Confucius was a Pole.:)
PennBoy 76 | 2,436
2 Dec 2010 #6
what's the name of the show i don't think i've even watched this? He played a Polish American?
OP ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
2 Dec 2010 #7
what's the name of the show

Would you believe...........(ta da)..........."Banacek"

i don't think i've even watched this?

You must look to your right more often. There you will find solace, and Banacek.

He played a Polish American?

Yes, but he is a very good actor; Once, he played the part of a Nigerian Pygmy although he walked on his knees a lot in that film. He was never able to properly genuflect again but that's another story..........

"Chicago Code", new tv series features cop advice proverbs:
...
PennBoy 76 | 2,436
10 Feb 2011 #8
"Chicago Code", new tv series features cop advice proverbs:

So he's playing Jarek Wysocki a Polish American Chicago cop a.k.a. "the Polish cowboy" lol

featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/03/jason-clarke-jennifer-beals-chicago.html
johnny reb 28 | 5,012
24 Oct 2017 #9
The ones I remember my Polish grandparents saying are:
He who lends to a friend makes an enemy
The rich man has only two holes in his nose, the same as the poor man
The mistakes of the doctor are covered by the earth
Listen much and speak little
No fish without bones
Girl who fly upside down will have crack up
kaprys 3 | 2,502
24 Oct 2017 #10
@johnny reb
I know most of them except for the second and the last one. At least nothing comes to my mind. :)
Ziemowit 13 | 4,235
25 Oct 2017 #11
The rich man has only two holes in his nose, the same as the poor man

Bogacz ma tylko dwie dziurki w nosie jak i ubogi

Listen much and speak little

Mowa jest srebrem, a milczenie złotem
kaprys 3 | 2,502
25 Oct 2017 #12
@Ziemowit
Never heard the first one. The second is reallly well known - just didn't think of it reading the paraphrased English version.
pawian 177 | 14,569
9 Jan 2021 #13
Would you believe...........(ta da)..........."Banacek"

Banaczek, along with Colombo and Kojak, was a detective series shown on communist TV in 1970s. We watched them all as excellent entertainment.
jon357 67 | 16,836
9 Jan 2021 #14
on communist TV in 1970s

You mean on 70s TV. We had the same sh1tty foreign TV shows in our capitalist paradise.
pawian 177 | 14,569
9 Jan 2021 #15
Yes, but to us, behind the Iron Curtain, they weren`t sh....ty.. We could see how the West looks like.
jon357 67 | 16,836
9 Jan 2021 #16
they weren`t sh....ty.

They were for us. Because American TV had a lot of ad breaks and the BBC had none, the TV shows were edited to make British versions by adding stuff from the cutting room floor. The government had to step in and restrict the amount of nasty cheap American TV shows.

We preferred Koziołek Matołek...
pawian 177 | 14,569
9 Jan 2021 #17
I see.

But the idea of inventing those amusing "Polish" proverbs for the Banaczek series was excellent.

"When an owl comes to a mouse picnic, it's not there for the sack races."
"Though the hippopotamus has no sting in its tail, the wise man would prefer to be sat upon by the bee."
"A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn."
"When a wolf is chasing your sleigh, throw him a raisin cookie, but don't stop to bake a cake."
"Just because the cat has her kittens in the oven doesn't make them biscuits."



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