What was my Grandma saying??

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by The Berg, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. The Berg

    The Berg New Member

    Hi, my grandma used to say this phrase all the time and she never told me what it meant, so I assume that it wasn’t totally appropriate for little kids. I don’t know how to spell it correctly in Czech, so I will spell it phonetically in English. I really hope someone can help because this has been bugging me for some time. Here it is:

    ya sze shmahtia

    Again, this was something she would mutter under her breath when she was frustrated or irritated. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Dana

    Dana Well-Known Member

    Hello! I'm sorry for the late response to your question. I missed it.

    My American husband had a good guess as to what your grandma may have been saying. He hears me say the same thing almost every day. :D His guess was "Ježišmarja" and I think he's right. It literally means "Jesus Maria". We Czechs say this quite commonly when we're irritated, surprised, etc. It's milder and more harmless than the English "Jesus Christ".

    I hope it helps!
  3. The Berg

    The Berg New Member

    This makes a lot of sense! And it helps thank you for clearing my that up! It was just always something I remember my grandma saying when I was little ☺️
  4. Dana

    Dana Well-Known Member

    I'm glad I could help!

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