CZ>EN "smejd"

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by wissy, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. wissy

    wissy Well-Known Member

    My czech friend has referred to a small ornament as "smejd". There is a hook over the "s" (sorry i don't have a czech keyboard) so i am guessing that is is pronounced in English as "shmaid" or similar.

    I can't find this word in the dictionary so is it czech slang and what does it mean? (i'm really sorry if it's a rude word!). :?
  2. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    "šmejd" could be:
    - bad person, someone malevolent
    - low quality item, schlock

    in some cases "šmejd" could be also any thing you are talking about - "thingy".
  3. wissy

    wissy Well-Known Member

    Thank you Eso for taking the trouble to reply.

    Yes, i think you are right. I think in this instance my friend was meaning a low quality item. Maybe 'smejd' is equivalent to the English word 'tat' meaning cheaply made souvenirs like you would find in a tourist shop for example.
  4. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    There is plenty of "šmejd" translations in the dictionaries:
    - trash
    - shoddy
    - rubb
    - tripe
    - trumpery
    - dross
    - duffer
    - catchpenny
    - chaff
    - dust
    - schlock
    - shlock
    - truck
  5. wissy

    wissy Well-Known Member

    Hello Karel. Thanks for your reply.

    The dictionary i have is small and does not have smejd. I must get around to buying a larger and more uptodate one. :oops:
  6. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    There exists an on-line czech to many and back dictionary 8)
  7. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    Your dictionary is šmejd then :).
  8. wissy

    wissy Well-Known Member

    Brilliant Alexx! :lol: :lol: :lol:
  9. Ctyri koruny

    Ctyri koruny Well-Known Member

    What a great word. One syllable?
  10. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    Yes, one syllable.

    “Šmejd” comes from “Schmied” which is German for “smith”.
    The first meaning was “small metalwork” (so-called Nuremberg wares), later “metal trash”, later “trash”, later “low quality item” and the most recently acquired meaning is “nasty person”.
    Only the last two meanings are common nowadays.
  11. kotja

    kotja Member

    Longest czech word WITHOUT syllable: scvrnkls
    and sentence. Prd krt skrz drn, zhlt prv hrst zrn
  12. bibax

    bibax Well-Known Member

    ... without VOWELS!

    The word scvrnkls has two syllables!

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