Blbej, ale náš

Czechs have a sometimes perverse pride in incompetence. An example of this is the horrible bureaucracy, among the worst in Europe. You’d think that they’d be eager to change this, but in fact they are reluctant to do so, typically saying Blbej, ale náš, which means “stupid, but ours“. Just the other day, Jiri Pallas, the world-famous and widely respected genius behind SlovoDne and other insidious plots, responding to one of the many complaints about my often erroneous explanations of Czech used this valuable phrase. (I suppose if I were female, he would have said, “Blbá, ale naše”.) Perhaps the loyal, devoted, and very smart readers of SlovoDne can give some other examples of how to use this wonderful description of life here in Bohemia and Moravia?

17 odpovědí na “Blbej, ale náš”

  1. V r.1938 po německém obsazení Sudet se objevila v Pražském ilustrovaném zpravodaji mapka budoucího “Protektorátu Čechy a Marava” a byl přes ní velký nápis “Malá, ale naše”. Od té doby se naše republika znovu zmenšila, po rozbití společného státu, ale nikdo to již takto nekomentoval.

  2. This phrase usually use parents of school chidren. No matter what the teachers say, they like their child.

  3. And who is going to say something like this about his relative? Let us imagine the screen where father A. Einstein replies his son Arthur (for example): “Of course, you are ours. Ours but dumb.”

  4. How about a little patriotism: “Blbej, ale Ceskej!?” (c)

    Take jsme zatizeni na razitka a dotazniky, posudky, komise a ja bych
    rekl (nepoucuji Slepicko!), ze Ceska Byrokracije je NEJHORSI NA SVETE!
    Druha je Nemecka a treti Americka! (Z osobni zkusenosti.)

  5. Ahojte,

    u nás sa zase hovorí: “Žer, sviňa, veď si naša”.
    Hodí sa na všetky horeuvedené prípady.
    A čo je doma, to sa počíta, no nie?

  6. To jana:
    As far as I’m concerned, I’d say that to protect my children in any case, and no matter how old they’d be….not only in young age… And I think all parents would do that,even if their daughters and sons were of age.

    To Sam,Fred:
    You’re both right. Who can imagine anything that prooves more the love of your parents than to hear your mum saying: “Look at him.He is really dumb. But we love him anyway.” ?

    To Milan:
    The level of bureaucracy depends on the Government, but we are in unspoken agreement not to talk about the politics on this webpage.

  7. To Jamie: I would say that too, and I think it can be one of the worst moments in your life to realize that your parents do not think “stupid but ours”.

    As for patriotism, I suppose that e.g. Pavel Nedved can count to those, who are “stupid, but ours”, and on the other hand some of our politics are of the other sort. (I promise no more politics) (:

  8. Díky,Milane,za hezké oslovení,bylo to takto poprvé a sakra mne to rozněžnilo.S tou byrokracií máte pravdu,ale nezapomeňte na Rakousko.To si s námi nezadá.Potvrdí to exulanti chartisté,kteří odcházeli v 80.letech přes Rakousko do světa(většinou do Kanady).
    Ale jinak:co je české,to je hezké…..

  9. Dekuji za sprdnuti, Jamie. Co vic je tu jeste “verbotten”? (t?)

    A jsem rad Slepicko Olinko, ze sem alespon nekomu udelal radost.
    V Rakousku jsem nemel moc problemu, ale tady ~ vlastne nesmim
    psat o byrokraciji, protoze by vedlo k psani o vlade, takze SORRY!
    Ja si stejne ale myslim, ze byrokracije zalezi hlavne na lidech, kteri
    maji spatny sex life a vyzivaji se v razitkovani. (Z. Freud.) Politicke?
    Ja totiz pro mistni vladu poslednich 25 let navrhuji a kontroluji stavbu
    novych silnic. U nas za byrokracii posleme lidi na prochazku do pouste.

    Muze se tu psat o pocasi? Dnes tu bylo 42 stupnu Celsia!

    Mohl by mi nekdo napsat “unspoken” pravidla, abych si opet nedal
    nohu do ust ? (Mohu rict “do huby”, kdyz mluvim o sobe?)

  10. Tady je nevlídná zima a záplavy ! Měla by si některá strana dát do programu, že se zasadí o prosazení lepšího počasí ! (Běda, už to do voleb nestihnou!). Bylo by to asi tak stejně hodnověrné, jako všechny jiné předvolební sliby a k tomu by to bylo nadstranické a apolitické!

  11. Who agreed not to talk about politics? When did that happen? Why wasn’t I informed?

    Was it that totalitarian despot Pallas? Well, one day we poor slovo dne workers will rise up and overthrow his cruel dictatorship…

    Slovo Dne readers of the world unite! You have nothing but your chains to lose!

  12. Milane,když my tady mrzneme,v pozdním jaru u kamen,tak nás dráždíte vašimi 32°teplíčka.O počasí nepsat,leda až budete mít stejně mizerné,jako my.(Neberete mne vážně,že ne?)Ach jo.

  13. Fred!
    You seem to be the famous grandson of Che Guevara….

    It was just a gentleman’s agreement, we (at least I) stopped talking about the politics whenever found out it was pointless and boring for many of Slovodne denizens…

    Anyway, it could be a good reason to unite the dumb flunkeys of the corrupted
    webpage and make them depose the dictator….it’d be the first virtual revolution 🙂 But first, we have to pre-set the virtual handcuffs.

  14. And we can proudly produce and export bananas in this kind of republic! Yupiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

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