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What does pokrzywniku

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What does pokrzywniku mean?  
by Baynie, 2017-11-27, 15:50  like dislike  Spam?  86.202.221...

In the first book of the Witcher, one character insults Geralt, saying:

" Słyszysz, co mówię, pokrzywniku?"

The english version of the book translates this in:

"Do you hear me, you bastard?"

But what does "pokrzywniku" really mean? When I use google translate, "pokrzywniku" and "bastard" don't match at all.
Pokrzywnik  #882940
by Catesse (AU), 2017-11-28, 04:42  like dislike  Spam?  
The basic form, nominative case, is "pokrzywnik", which means "tortoiseshell". I don't know what it implies as a term of abuse. Maybe somebody who is a bit dense, thick, stupid?
by Baynie, 2017-11-28, 13:55  like dislike  Spam?  86.202.221...
by Baynie, 2017-11-30, 15:46  like dislike  Spam?  86.202.221...
I found that an old meaning of the word "pokrzywnik" is bastard in that german-polish word-book.

So the english translation is good. The word pokrzywnik is used in its old meaning beacause it is a middle-aged fantasy world.
Interesting.  #883097
by Catesse (AU), 2017-12-01, 01:42  like dislike  Spam?  
Very interesting derivation.

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