I made the mistake of studying German for a while in university. As a result, when I was told I was to meet a man who was “šlechta”, I assumed this was related to the German “schlecht”, which means bad. I was expecting someone dirty and shifty, with nervous beady eyes. Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to an elegant and quite cultured individual. Turns out, this word means “nobility”. Sometimes Czech is a royal pain!