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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Ask Poland (Q&A for the curious)

Hope the moderators don't mind a thread in English here. I am making this thread for anyone who is curious about Poland but really don't know where to look it up or maybe some clarification on things regarding Poland - national symbols, haute cuisine de polonaise, histories, culture and the sort.

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What's the national or stereotypical military unit of Poland. For example, Ukraine has the Cossack, Scotland has the Highlander or Woad Raider, Spain has the Conquistador. What's Poland's?
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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Answer could be only one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Hussars
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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #3
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Ah, the Hussars.

Hrm.. .why did I think they were a Turkish unit?
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Old May 11th, 2007, 08:05 AM   #4
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Eh, I may have got them confused when reading about the Siege of Vienna.
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Next question: The Polish word for the colour orange, learned from the colours in your language thread, is something similar to Pomeranian. Is there any corelation?
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No, there is no corelation
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Old May 11th, 2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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So two different etymologies?
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Next question: The Polish word for the colour orange, learned from the colours in your language thread, is something similar to Pomeranian. Is there any corelation?
No, Most probably name of polish word for orange is from italian word for fruit (orange) "arancia" in some dictionaries "pommarancia". So you've got "pomaranczowy"

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Next question: The Polish word for the colour orange, learned from the colours in your language thread, is something similar to Pomeranian. Is there any corelation?
No, Polish words pomarańczowy (colour of orange) and pomarańcza (orange fruit) derive from Italian pome d'arancia, which means "a fruit of orange". Pomerania in Polish is "Pomorze" and has nothing to do with oranges

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So two different etymologies?
The word "pomarańczowy" (colour: orange) derives from the word "pomarańcza" (fruit: orange) which itself comes from Italian "pomo" (apple) and "arancia", which goes back to Spanish "naranja" and ulitmately to Arabic "narandzh".

The word "Pomerania" is probably a latinised term for "Pomorze", which means "near the sea".
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Ah, the Hussars.

Hrm.. .why did I think they were a Turkish unit?
Look closely at our national football jersey to remember
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Ah, the Hussars.
Hrm.. .why did I think they were a Turkish unit?
B/c there were only little differences in wearing between Poles and Turks during Battle for Vienna (mostly b/c Polish gentry used "Sarmatic" wearing, as they claimed to be descendants of Sarmatians and it was the reason for which Poles were named in France "Asiatic wild nation" after visiting Paris in their wearing ).
To avoid friendly fire (or rather "friendly sabres"), Poles had to wear a colourful banners on the battlefield (indeed!)
The "wings" you can see on most pictures of Hussars are told to be used during the battles to frighten enemy army and their horses (or avoid some techniques of battle used by enemy armies), but most probably they were just part of parade armour.
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or just for decoration reasons
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Yeah, I haven't seen much of Polish uniforms - either military, football, or hockey.
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The word "Pomerania" is probably a latinised term for "Pomorze", which means "near the sea".
Ah, Po-Mare pretty much?
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Pomerania (Polish: Pomorze, German: Pommern, Kashubian: P˛m˛rze or P˛m˛rsk˘, Latin: Pomerania, Pomorania) and means "country by/next to/along the sea." The Polish name, "Pomorze," is literally "Seacoast" (here, the Baltic seacoast).

There is a probable first mention of Pomerania as the Latin "longum mare" ("along the sea") in a monastery document or note from around 1080, the Dagome iudex, shortened copy of an earlier document supposedly referring to the year 992. The document speaks of Oda von Haldensleben and her husband "Dagome," assumed to be the Polish ruler Mieszko I, and refers to territory gifted by "Dagome" to the Pope. An imperial document of 1046 makes an actual first mention of "Pomerania" in reference to "Zemuzil dux Bomeranorum" (Siemomysl, Duke of the Pomeranians). From then on, "Pomerania" appears repeatedly in the chronicles of Adam of Bremen (ca. 1070) and Gallus Anonymous (ca. 1113).

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White Eagle is kinda cool looking.
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Ok, Polish alphabet. I'll look it up.
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