Polish «zak»

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Polish «zak»

Postby Łukasz » 2008-12-04, 20:30

One of my grandmothers, I've noticed, uses the word «zak», as in the following sentence:
“Musimy dojść do domu, zak zajdzie słońce.”
I use the word «zanim» instead. I don't think I've ever used «zak», although I clearly understand it and it doesn't sound too strange to me. Any comments?

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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby arti » 2008-12-04, 20:36

I have never heard of "zak". Nobody from my family uses that word although my grandma has some funny words in her language ;)
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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby polishboy » 2008-12-22, 22:51

better use jak.

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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby Łukasz » 2008-12-30, 7:49

polishboy wrote:better use jak.


No, the meaning (apparently) of «zak zajdzie słońce» is “before the sun sets”, not “after the sun sets”.

I just wanted to figure out whether this little word «zak» is a dialectal word, a borrowing, or simply a new form that my grandma created. :lol:

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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby BezierCurve » 2008-12-30, 15:41

Never heard of it, but my guess would be that it's just a contraction of two words - "zanim jak". That's quite convenient in fact - a single syllable word. I think I'll give it a try and add it to my idiolect ;)
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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby Łukasz » 2008-12-31, 3:53

BezierCurve wrote:I think I'll give it a try and add it to my idiolect ;)


Nagyon jó!

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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby wsz » 2009-02-18, 17:59

Never heard this word either.

BezierCurve wrote:[...] my guess would be that it's just a contraction of two words - "zanim jak".

Actually I doubt you'd actually say or hear any Pole saying that combination either :P

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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby BezierCurve » 2010-03-28, 15:12

Well, people do that from time to time, even translators. Not that I claim its correctness or anything.
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Re: Polish «zak»

Postby aurinko. » 2010-03-30, 20:58

Doesn't it come from some eastern dialects?
I've definately heard it before and would connect it with border parts of Poland.


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