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Mysterious Postcard

December 27th, 2007 by Maureen McHugh

I posted last week about an Ebay auction and low and behold, this week I received the following:

Mysterious Postcard

I have some vague idea who might have sent such a thing–it has a US stamp and an Oklahoma postmark. And so I deduce that it might be in Czech. The only words I know in Czech are…well, I don’t know any words in Czech. But I went to grad school, dammit, and I had a language requirement, and if that taught me anything, it taught me how to make a half-assed translation in a language I didn’t know. As best I can figure, the postcard reads:

I cannot resist. Muzete me this translate? “give me spout within beer.”

Much obliged!

And give my kind regards to the French Bean!*

I owe you a beer, Denton. Preferably at the Klášterní pivovar Strahov.

(Actually, it says ‘Give my regards to Bob’ but one translation software came back with this, and how could I not prefer ‘the French Bean?’)

Posted in Barb, Bob Y., Brad, Daily Life, Fun, Maureen | 4 Comments »

4 Responses

  1. Madeleine Robins Says:

    I personally cannot resist “the French Bean.”

    I need a more interesting group of friends. No one sends me postcards in Czech.

  2. Dr Paisley Says:

    Or checks in postcards, for that matter.

  3. Bradley Denton Says:

    Even though Barb and I stayed just down the hill from Strahov Monastery when we visited Prague in ’05, we didn’t manage to sample their pivo. (Although we did manage to sample lots of other breweries’ pivo — all up and down the hill.)

    Next time, we will absolutely correct that oversight.

    Especially, McQ, if you’re buying . . .

  4. Tom Says:

    My last name is the Czech word for ‘chestnut’, so now you know another Czech word.

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