Sooo.. I was told to start a thread.
No, YOU wanted to start a complaining thread - your complaining about poland and americans is annoying and worse than hearing poles complain about everything.
I'm starting to think brits complain more than poles - good lord is this possible??
Does not mean grandmother. I've never heard anyone in polonia say that. Maybe you heard someone talk about george.
Jaja (isn't this eggs?)
Eggs or testicles (slang).
don't even understand that the Polish word for a male Pole is "Polak"
Incorrect. American used to call polish migrants "dumb polaks." Over time the dumb part was dropped due to it being offensive, but yanks continued calling poles "polaks" as the same vulgar meaning was still understood.
Then there's the way that many of them completely mispronounce their "Polish" name. The worst example? I found a video on youtube of someone called "Marchewka". Anyone living in Poland will know that it's pronounced something similar to "mar-hef-ka" - but to the Polonia? It's "Mar-Chew-Ka". Gah.
Seriously, why do real Poles put up with them?
The only thing wrong with the polonia is that they get involved in polish politics and support the kaczki. Other than that, poles like the polonia as almost everyone in poland has at least 1 family member in the usa.
The polish language among the polonia will fade overtime and these people will continue calling themselves polish-americans the same way americans of italian heritage call themselves italian americans (same goes for scots, irish, krauts etc).
It's a north american thing, an ignorant, grumpy, closed minded limey like you will never understand.
Maybe you want to start a new thread now to complain about the american pronunciation of english words...
The odd thing is why they appear to vote Kaczynski, yet idol-worship Walesa and vote Democrat. Doesn't make any sense at all!
They idol walesa because of solidarity and kaczynski because he is reminiscent of the poland they left in the past. Poland has changed considerably, the polonia hasn't really that much as they weren't around for the transition.
Worst thing is, that seems to be their attitude - that Poland is poor, and while it's fine to come and visit (and look down at) the relatives, it's not for staying in.
Nobody from the polonia looks down on poles in poland. In fact they help their family in poland. But you wouldn't know this because your not a Pole. Staying is not an option for most as they have settled in their adoptive countries, established careers, had kids etc and besides poland is a different place. Emigrating out of poland was VERY difficult for most poles, nobody wants to repeat that. Again nothing you could every understand.
Talk about desperately trying to make mountains out of molehills to bring divisions between Poles in Poland and their relatives outside of Poland.
Divide and rule. It's the british way.