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Why do Poles number everything?

29.11.05, 17:03
Instead of pointing to the tooth that hurts, you say "It's my 6-ka." Schools
have numbers. Desks, tables and monitors have numbers written on them.
At first I thought this was an old communist thing - "We don't know how fast
we're building socialism, but we do know how many chairs the people own. And
we've nearly finished counting the schools." But it's the same in private
companies, even now.
I once tried to buy a top E-string for a guitar, 1-ka or 6-ka? Which end do
they count them from?
It was the same when I broke my thumb, and when the doctor asked what the
problem was, I didn't know whether to say I'd broken my 1-ka or 5-ka.
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  • ianek70 01.12.05, 19:35
    nasza_maggie napisała:

    > so it doesn't get stolen? smile))))))

    Hmm. Like with cars, you mean?
    Apparently, after all these years of Poles entertaining us with their tales of
    high crime rates, your car is now actually more likely to get stolen here than
    in Scotland. Of course, England is still way ahead.
    And this numbering must be a real obsession, since even completely useless
    things are given numbers, e.g. 1610 smile
  • firemouse 30.11.05, 14:54
    Ha, funny topic smile

    But I have no number either on my desk or monitor. Is it bad? Or am I not Polish?

    With guitars, this is is simple - numbering starts from the thinniest string and
    if you look at the string sets the odd number (like .007) is the diameter of
    thinniest e string.

    But looking deeply into this problem I see we Poles should get rid of this
    nonsense custom to number everything. But how should I tell today's date then? A
    dilemma. wink

    FM
  • russh 30.11.05, 17:09
    Tell her in the same way that I told mine. No beating about the bush.
  • kylie1 30.11.05, 19:54
    I think it is quite simple:

    You don't want the dentist to pull out your front tooth when in fact it's the
    back one that gives you trouble. Do YOU want to look like you've been through a
    bar brawl?

    Please, use your common sense.Thank you.

    smile
  • russh 01.12.05, 08:44
    ?
  • waldek1610 01.12.05, 06:47
    ..Pointing a finger at everything is considered rude in Poland. Numbering
    everything intoduces some order, now I realise Poland is not such a dissaray as
    most anglo-saxon think....
  • varsovian 01.12.05, 12:31
    Someone keeps on wanting to point out his own complexes, who could that be?
    Well, for the record: I love Poland with all her faults. I think that Poland
    doesn't need defending or supporting, but it is sort of interesting to compare
    notes with people who have experiences of life elsewhere. I mean, I have
    learnt so much about aspects of life I used to take for granted when I lived in
    England. I've rejected certain aspects of English life since starting to live
    with my Polish wife, and she's done likewise. We don't take sides, as it's
    unhelpful and, frankly, childish.
  • waldek1610 02.12.05, 06:48
    varsovian napisał:

    > Someone keeps on wanting to point out his own complexes, who could that be?
    > Well, for the record: I love Poland with all her faults.

    Who's talking about Poland's faults? Why can't you continue on the subject of
    the virtues of Poland that I brought up?

    > I think that Poland
    > doesn't need defending or supporting,

    Oh, yeah??? The way British prime minister is "not defending" its country's EU
    rabate? Don't they call it; "hypocricy"???



    > I've rejected certain aspects of English life since starting to live
    > with my Polish wife, and she's done likewise. We don't take sides, as it's
    > unhelpful and, frankly, childish.

    you can't be preaching others to forget looking after its national interest,
    while everybody else does it. One frenchman said it all in the BBC
    interview; "French governement promised us that after EU enlargment, France is
    not going to loose enything, because gov. is not going to change anything.
    France is just going to be bigger"....No wonder French are now
    disapointed; "who could have think some Poles or Estonians also have interests"
  • bolek-i-lolek 14.12.05, 03:30
    > Schools
    > have numbers. Desks, tables and monitors have numbers written on them.
    > At first I thought this was an old communist thing

    No, dumbass. That's the common thing for the whole civilized world.
    Where are you from? From some kibutz?



    > I once tried to buy a top E-string for a guitar, 1-ka or 6-ka? Which end do
    > they count them from?

    That's why they put numbers on them... For such idiots like you.
    If you can't figure out what they are counted from you should leave guitar alone.
    Try playing combs...


    Try the US. They count everything. Even numbers of hours lost in traffic by every American.
    You certainly have minimal knowledge about the world, don't ya punk?
  • russh 14.12.05, 07:11
    Hi the boleki

    You're an aggresive little nerd, aren't you. Seems like I'll have to turn you
    off very quickly.

    Liven up! A little more civility from a 'newcomer to the block' would do no harm.
  • russh 14.12.05, 07:13
    By the way, why didn't you tell Ian why the things he mentions in the schools
    and private companies are numbered.
  • ianek70 14.12.05, 11:16
    bolek-i-lolek napisał:

    > No, dumbass. That's the common thing for the whole civilized world.
    > Where are you from? From some kibutz?

    No, oto kolejny smarkacz, który angielskiego się nauczył z MTV smile
    A gdzie poza Polską widziałeś numery napisane flamastrem na stołach?

    > That's why they put numbers on them... For such idiots like you.
    > If you can't figure out what they are counted from you should leave guitar
    alon
    > e.
    > Try playing combs...

    Nie wiem, synu, jakie ty kupujesz struny, ale ogólnie są zbyt cienkie, żeby na
    nich napisać numery.
    Na paczkach są numery, ale to chodzi o grubość. 0,909 na przykład.

    > Try the US. They count everything. Even numbers of hours lost in traffic by
    eve
    > ry American.

    To się nazywa, synu, "statystyka". To nie to samo.

    > You certainly have minimal knowledge about the world, don't ya punk?

    Whatever, dude.
    Does your mother know you use words like "dumbass"?
  • usenetposts 14.12.05, 13:16
    ianek70 napisał:

    > bolek-i-lolek napisał:

    >
    > > You certainly have minimal knowledge about the world, don't ya punk?
    >
    > Whatever, dude.
    > Does your mother know you use words like "dumbass"?

    She taught it to him.

    --
    - Uncle Davey's Homepage -
    :: Foreigners Living in Poland Forum
  • usenetposts 14.12.05, 13:20
    ianek70 napisał:

    > bolek-i-lolek napisał:
    >
    > > No, dumbass. That's the common thing for the whole civilized world.
    > > Where are you from? From some kibutz?
    >
    > No, oto kolejny smarkacz, który angielskiego się nauczył z MTV smile
    > A gdzie poza Polską widziałeś numery napisane flamastrem na stołach?

    To be fair, it was the imposed Russian system. It's their style to stick
    inventory numbers on all the fixed assets. The sheet of paper stuck to the wall
    near the door, like a mezuzah's poor cousin, listing out all the things that
    are supposed to be in the room was their patent as well.

    In Russia, as in Poland, schools and chemist shops and post offices are
    numbered rather than named, and regularly with Roman numerals, whereby the Y
    stands in for V, which is not on their keyboard.

    "L" isn't either, but it's not that often you get 50 amenities like that in a
    disctrict, so they didn't need to worry about that one.


    --
    - Uncle Davey's Homepage -
    :: Foreigners Living in Poland Forum
  • bolek-i-lolek 14.12.05, 21:40
    > In Russia, as in Poland, schools and chemist shops and post offices are
    > numbered rather than named, and regularly with Roman numerals, whereby the Y
    > stands in for V, which is not on their keyboard.



    In the US they also name schools with numbers. Like PS234 (www.ps234.org/)

    Where are you people from? Where's your "knowledge" from?
  • ianek70 14.12.05, 22:11
    bolek-i-lolek napisał:

    > Where are you people from? Where's your "knowledge" from?

    O co ci w ogóle chodzi, frustracie mały?
    A jaką ty masz wiedzę o świecie?
  • bolek-i-lolek 15.12.05, 04:18
    Learn to read. You want a dictionary?
    Don't start to argue in a language you don't know.
  • ianek70 15.12.05, 08:48
    bolek-i-lolek napisał:

    > Learn to read. You want a dictionary?
    > Don't start to argue in a language you don't know.

    Nie masz co robić, żałosny smarkaczu?

    If you're trying to get attention by insulting people, son, you're wasting your
    time, because it's obvious nobody here gives a shit what some snotty kid thinks.
    Why don't you piss off and play in the snow, instead of making people laugh at
    you?
  • firemouse 14.12.05, 13:23
    ianek70 napisał:

    > bolek-i-lolek napisał:
    >
    > > No, dumbass. That's the common thing for the whole civilized world.
    > > Where are you from? From some kibutz?
    >
    > No, oto kolejny smarkacz, który angielskiego się nauczył z MTV smile

    This thrown me onto floor laughing smile))

    I don't write "ROTFL" to hide my MTV connection wink))

    FM

    P.S. Eh, I need to wipe my display too. Good I had no lunch while reading this wink
  • bolek-i-lolek 14.12.05, 18:24
    Now it's obviuos what kind of punks write here.
    He doesn't English a bit. He can forcefully put tohether a couple of sentences but when it comes to conversation he turns to Polish.
    Maybe he is a foreigner... but home grown...
    For such a dumbsass anything can be confusing. Like the guitar strings...

    Next problems of that idiot would be:

    Why do Poles number buses...
    Why do Poles number cars...
    Why do Poles number hours...
    Why do Poles number years...
    Why do Poles name streets...
  • ianek70 14.12.05, 21:24
    Nie masz nic ciekawego do powiwedzenia, smarkaczu, to daj sobie spokój, bo to
    jest forum dla dorosłych.
  • russh 14.12.05, 23:24
    Hey Ian, got to say it again, and this time not apologies.

    We've got a right prick on our hands this time! Or should it be a right gobshite
    (see, I'm learning).

    Mr Bolek. Don't even try and argue about the abilities of a person to argue in
    English when you cannot even put together a single sentence correctly in the
    language. To write in response to a post from a native speaker who has a superb
    command of his language such tripe as 'he doesn't English a bit' is a real crack.

    Maybe your real name is Waldek, although you seem have an even greater ability
    to debase any form of reasoned argument.
  • bolek-i-lolek 15.12.05, 04:17
    > command of his language such tripe as 'he doesn't English a bit'

    The sentence lacks "know". Got lost in fast writing.
    You aren't a quick thinker, dude, are you?

    It's hard to make a conversation with halfwits.
    Especially when they have such infantile problems.
  • russh 15.12.05, 06:28
    You cannot make conversation with someone who is incapable of conversing.

    You only 'talk' to, and have no wish to engage in anything apart from a slanging
    match of insults using your childlike knowledge of the language.

    The great thing about these forums is that you can turn off an undesirable.
    You're an undesirable.

    Bye Bye.

  • bolek-i-lolek 15.12.05, 18:25
    Childlike... smile))

    Man it's you who has infantile prblems. How dare you...?
    Halfwits have problems like: "why Poles number schools?"
    Or maybe next one will be: Why there are clouds in the sky in Poland?

    I try to show you that such idiotic questions show your ultimate stupidity.
    You can't see your stupidity, of course.
    So the discussion is pointless.
  • russh 15.12.05, 06:42
    Talking albout Waldek, have you noticed the use of the three dots?

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