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!