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“spoko” Polish Slang

Pronunciation: spôkô Context: The informant–MF–is a 39 year old male who was born and raised in Zagłębie, Poland but has lived in the US since 2016. This is a slang term he remembers from childhood. The interview from which this word was collected was conducted in English. Definition: It means all right. All there is… Continue Reading »

A Polish Wedding Joke

Main Piece QJ: “Can it be a dirty joke?” Collector: “Yes.” QJ: “A lot of the jokes I grew up with are kind of dirty…most Polish ones are…I think one that my grandfather would say asks what is long and hard that a Polish bride gets on her wedding night?” Collector: “What?” QJ: “A new… Continue Reading »

Polish Funeral Custom — Cannot Dance

Text The following piece is a Polish funeral custom that I learned of through my family’s babysitter whose father had recently passed away. The woman is a forty-eight year old Polish native who lives in Chicago now. I had been dancing around and in my attempt to get the Informant to join me, she explained… Continue Reading »

Catholic Polish Christmas Tradition: Oblatek

Content: Oblatek (pronounced “Obwatek”) Informant – “Oblatek is an unleavened wafer. On Christmas, the head of the household breaks off a piece of the wafer and gives it to his spouse with some message. Could be ‘I know I am not perfect, but I will try harder,’ or ‘the best of everything for you.’ It’s… Continue Reading »