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Re: Parlez Ponglish?

Nothing new but for the number of people playing the game; from thirty years ago:
Bojzy i.o. Chłopcy
Smoksi i.o. Papierosi

There are two dynamics at work here. -Polish, as is true with all Slavic languages, has an almost infinite number of diminutive forms. When someone trained in that grammar and cadence comes across a language of limited noun permutations (English) the proclivity to tinker is undeniable. –There is a form of urban slang in Polish of composite words from combining the root of one word with the suffix of another. My favorite from the last time in Warsaw: “Popatrzni!” (a policeman to his partner upon seeing a car reversing with doors open and parcels on the roof). A melding of popatrz (look) and zerkni (glance, peek). As “zerknac” also means to visit/drop-in, the simple “Popatrzni!” communicated both “would you look at that” and “let’s go”.

One has to admire the efficiency and directness of such an amalgamation.

Re: Parlez Ponglish?

I've always wondered about 'Keks' Angielski...

Re: Parlez Ponglish?

I wrote a whole article about this for our in-house magazine. Went down very well it did too.