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Terms of endearment in Polish

9 Apr 2017 #151
Thanks both for the suggestions,

The ever dubious google translate suggests Ładnie wyglądasz pronounced something like 'wad-nee v-glon-dash', does that sound about right?

Also does 'bardzo sliczna' (bard-zo sleech-na?) work standalone or do I need to combine it?

For example translate shows that as 'very lovely', do I therefore say 'bardzo sliczna wyglądasz' ?
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15 Jul 2018 #152
My polish mother would call her babies chu chu lanka anyone kno what this might mean Summary
28 Aug 2018 #153
My grandmother used to call me something that sounded like "hunushka" I'm not sure what it was though, my father said he thinks it meant honey but the google translated version doesn't sound like it. Maybe it wasn't honey?
29 Aug 2018 #154
Hanushka = (most likely) "my little" Anna / Hania (Polish first female name)
22 Oct 2018 #155
My husband used to call me a "goovashke" -- that is what it sounded like.
It might have been Polish or Russian. Would anyone know the meaning?
He said I was his awkward little girl.
30 Dec 2018 #156

Don't know affectionate name - "tree-ka" or "tray-ka?

My grandfather is first generation American born Polish, and he is quickly losing his mind to dementia. He used to call me something that sounded like "tree-ka" or "tray-ka" when I was a kid, and into my teens, but fell off as I got older, and I never asked him what it meant, and now that I can't anymore I can't find like, a term of endearment that's even close. The closest word I've found is "trajka," I guess, but we never...had one...

I dunno, I didn't know where else to ask. Could be trajka, could be chlaike or something, could be something misremembered or mispronounced, could be something he just made up, but...I thought I'd ask.
21 Jun 2020 #157
A lot of messages typed but many are not clear whether the endearment words given are for both mail or female....would it be OK if this can be clarified in all examples replied, please??? Thank you so much!!

Because...i am still confused!!
12 Jul 2020 #158
My uncle would call me " my little Pochaha..... what does that mean..... my uncle was Polish.... sorry about spelling
gumishu 15 | 6,184
12 Jul 2020 #159
it's spelled pociecha in Polish - and it means something like a cross between joy and solace
pawian 223 | 24,567
12 Jul 2020 #160
Yes, gumi, also it is used to call kids in the sense of kiddie.
14 Oct 2020 #161
If a Polish man calls you his 'witch' does mean he's under your spell and will do anything for you or has it an additional more negative meaning? He's told me it's a common as a term of endearment but to me it sounds rather ambivalent and I feel rather uncomfortable with it....
Mr Grunwald 33 | 2,200
14 Oct 2020 #162
Depends on the word I reckon
Wiedżma/baba Jaga has a more pagan/sinister maliscious sounding to it (witch)

While czarownica has more the resemblance of the word "enchantress" as being "zaczarowanym" is basically being enchanted.

Shortly... He is probably in love and has difficulty of thinking about anything else then you, and considers you to be the source of his affections and hormones going wild
Eileen R
17 Dec 2020 #163
My mom used to refer to my son as "boo-bek". She said this meant a little/baby boy. Can anyone help with what Polish word she was saying?
pawian 223 | 24,567
17 Dec 2020 #164
You mean boobek uttered as in book? Then I have no good news for you. Bubek is a pejorative word in Polish.

gumishu 15 | 6,184
18 Dec 2020 #165
Bubek is a pejorative word in Polish.

bubek can have positive meaning in the Silesian dialect of Polish
mafketis 37 | 10,842
18 Dec 2020 #166
bubek can have positive meaning

I was going to write something like that, if the mom in question was from a part of Poland with heavy German influence (like Silesia or maybe Wielkopolska) then it could be a Polonized loan from German Bube (boy though IINM can be negative or positive depending on who's using to who and why etc)
Novichok 4 | 8,099
18 Dec 2020 #167
Then I have no good news for you. Bubek is a pejorative word in Polish.

This shows again that there is no standard Polish language and that every Pole feels entitled to his or her own version and its ad hoc contortions. To the point that expert decoding becomes necessary - the service you just performed. Thanks for making my point in advance.
pawian 223 | 24,567
18 Dec 2020 #168
This shows again that there is no standard Polish language

There is, of course, but not only. Poland is big enough to host a dozen dialects. It is perfectly natural that living in southern Poland I didn`t know about positive meaning of bubek in Silesia.
Eileen R
19 Dec 2020 #169
If not "boo-beck", how about "boo-busch"? My mom used the two interchangeably and said they both mean Little Boy. Any ideas?
And I want to add that she loved my son dearly and would have meant anything other than a term of endearment.
pawian 223 | 24,567
19 Dec 2020 #170
Yes, bubuś is a good one for a small child. I read it in the Polish translation of Le Petit Nicolas stories.
pawian 223 | 24,567
20 Dec 2020 #171
every Pole feels entitled to his or her own version and its ad hoc contortions.

Yes and no. Those contortions you mean are basically a parody of infant`s first utterings. Boo - boo, goo - goo, are the easiest sounds to produce. Foo foo is more difficult that is why it isn`t in the list that you proposed.

That is why we can say bubuś to a baby but not fufuś. Do you get the drift?
Have you ever taken care of a baby longer than on hour, e.g,, when your wife was ill or sth? Probably not. :):):)
Joel G
2 Feb 2021 #172
How come no one here has mentioned sloczootky ? Eng prncd: swochootky . I also didn't get any results for this as a translation of sweetie. The blabla dictionary gave me kochane, which I wuld take for dear one. I speak a little polish from parents but nowhere near fluent. 0 polish friends growing up in so cal.
jon357 74 | 22,312
2 Feb 2021 #173
sloczootky ?

It's spelt Słodziutko. People sometimes still use it.
Novichok 4 | 8,099
2 Feb 2021 #174

Kids like compliments for what they did well. They know that słodziutko and similar are meaningless bs. They may not know how to spell bulls*hit but can spot it instantly.
Paulina 17 | 4,439
2 Feb 2021 #175
It's spelt Słodziutko.

"Swochootky" would be "słodziutki", not "słodziutko". It's something a grandma would call her little grandson, for example ("słodziutka" for a female).
27 May 2021 #177
My dad calls my son something that sounds like shmouda? Any ideas?
mafketis 37 | 10,842
27 May 2021 #178
something that sounds like shmouda?

Maybe żmuda (bother, something difficult, waste of time) in which case it's kind of a teasing nick name.

If you put it in google translate (cut and paste, you need the dot over the z) you can hear the pronunciation.
pawian 223 | 24,567
27 May 2021 #179
Maybe żmuda

The only żmuda which I hear in Polish from time to time is Władysław Żmuda, a known football player from 1970s and 80s, later a coach. So, the grandson probably reminds the old man about the glorious days of Polish football.

żmudny - tedious - is more popular than żmuda.
27 May 2021 #180
Mayby smutas? But it is not funny. I don't know.

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