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Useful english words that are missing in the Czech language?
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Ctyri koruny
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PostPosted: 27-Oct-09 15:11  Reply with quote

TomKQT wrote:
Ctyri koruny wrote:
Sorry if this came up before, but is there a word for punchline? As in, the last line of a joke or comedy sketch, the one that makes you laugh.


We call it "pointa", which obviously isn't a typical czech word Smile

But it's the official czech expression for punchline.


Great! Thanks! Smile

So pronunciation... is it like.. poy-in-ta (oi dipthong) or poh-in-ta or does it have just two syllables because I think maybe it comes from something like "point"...?
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PostPosted: 28-Oct-09 8:25  Reply with quote

Ctyri koruny wrote:

So pronunciation... is it like.. poy-in-ta (oi dipthong) or poh-in-ta or does it have just two syllables because I think maybe it comes from something like "point"...?

It has 3 syllables, po-in-ta.
I'd say it comes from point (probably from the Latin word because I guess point isn't an english word), but the czech word pointa has a slight accent on the -i- in the middle, so it's not pronounced like the english "point" with just -a at the end.
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PostPosted: 29-Oct-09 14:50  Reply with quote

TomKQT wrote:
It has 3 syllables, po-in-ta.
I'd say it comes from point (probably from the Latin word because I guess point isn't an english word), but the czech word pointa has a slight accent on the -i- in the middle, so it's not pronounced like the english "point" with just -a at the end.

Standard pronunciation is /poenta/. It comes from French “pointe” (= point, spike, punch line, witticism, mocking remark…). The origin is in Latin “pungere” (= to stab, to prick, to spike).
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PostPosted: 29-Oct-09 16:06  Reply with quote

wer wrote:

Standard pronunciation is /poenta/

I completely forgot about this. Your right, but this word is already czechized so much that people usually pronounce it "as written".
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PostPosted: 16-Jan-10 17:19  Reply with quote

If you are sick of being at home, you have "cabin fever" or you are "going stir crazy".
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PostPosted: 16-Jan-10 17:23  Reply with quote

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If you are sick of being at home, you have "cabin fever" or you are "going stir crazy".


Ponorková nemoc (submarine sickness)?
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PostPosted: 16-Jan-10 20:28  Reply with quote

This term 'cabin fever' is not really an illness.

It is an attitude developed from being stuck in a house/cabin too long.(ex.....during a very long cold winter)

The person is suffering from not being able to get out, smell the fresh air.
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PostPosted: 17-Jan-10 16:20  Reply with quote

Alexx wrote:
1500 wrote:
If you are sick of being at home, you have "cabin fever" or you are "going stir crazy".


Ponorková nemoc (submarine sickness)?


This term is used when you are too long with the same people, not too long on the same place (at home etc.), isn't it?
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PostPosted: 18-Jan-10 14:27  Reply with quote

TomKQT wrote:
Alexx wrote:
1500 wrote:
If you are sick of being at home, you have "cabin fever" or you are "going stir crazy".


Ponorková nemoc (submarine sickness)?


This term is used when you are too long with the same people, not too long on the same place (at home etc.), isn't it?


Hm... not much difference, when you are stuck in cabin with the same people, you have both Ponorková nemoc and Cabin fever Smile.
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PostPosted: 18-Jan-10 17:03  Reply with quote

But you can also have ponorková nemoc when you're on a trip around the world with your two friends Wink
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