Kradlík

After having my pocket picked, I thought I learned the verb to steal, „kradit“. It turns out this is not true, as the verb (inexplicably) seems to be „krast“. Nonetheless, I began refering to a person who steals as „kradlík“. Everyone understood this word. Unfortunately, this is a neologism, and the actual word for thief is „zlodej“. Of course there is no corresponding verb „zlodit“ either. Someone seems to have stolen some verb/noun pairs. Call the language police!

7 odpovědí na “Kradlík”

  1. At the risk of sounding woefully unfunny and spoilsporty, this isn’t all that different from English, is it? You wouldn’t normally call the nefarious pickpocket that stole your wallet a „stealer“. Also the verb „thieve“ is never used to refer to thieves‘ activity… even though they most certainly are „thieving b*****ds“. Hardly less bizarre than the Czech counterparts! (Admittedly, the OED confirms that both of those words do exist but I’ve never heard a soul use either of them.)

  2. Zcela určitě slovo dne 1.1.2005 je úžasné slůvko kradlík. Toto datum si určitě bude pamatovat cca 90 000 lidí, kteří byli okradlíkováni soudružskou domluvou komandírů a ČSSD, kteří potvrdili v parlamentu datum restituční tečky na konec tohoto roku.Jen tak dále soudruzi.
    Od tohoto data je mi naprosto jasné jedno, spojení KSČM a ČSSD = KRADLÍCI a už jim jinak neřeknu.
    Děkujeme ti Frede za přesné pojmenování těchto lidí. Jenom nevím, kolika slovy by jsi ještě musel obohatit náš slovník,kdyby tuto zemi vedli další 4 roky.

  3. My devoted readers should know that I scrupulously avoid any kind of research, learning, knowledge, experience, or authority in my writings for the Czech Mate. I am a woefully ignorant person, and changing that might ruin everything.

    Truthfully, I used to think the football team from Pittsburg was called the „Stealers“ (Kradlici, thank you Mirek). See, you just can’t expect truth and accuracy from a guy like me.

    Nonetheless, I’ll continue on, writing, misinforming, confusing, and perplexing the good people of the world with my incoherent ramblings on the devilish Czech language. Why not? People seem to like it!

    Fred

  4. Kradlík je hezký termín pro mladistvé kapesní zlodějíčky, pro dospělé zloděje máme KRADÁKA Jořku s pyřkem.

  5. Why thank you Vera,

    You’ve stolen my heart!

    (Vy jste zlodela muj cerce!)

    🙂

    Ah, the wonderful Czech language. How I regret debasing and abusing it, all these years now.)

    Fred, still your Czech Mate

  6. Na Moravě máme taky kraďoše a kraďochy, když pominu čórkaře…, a rodinné soužití může vypadat i takto:
    Ona pije a on kradě a tak žiju pohromadě…..

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