Sranie w banię


Lit. “shitting into head” as the “bania” is a slangy word for human head featured in some other expressions like “obić banię” – hit someone’s head in a brawl. You say “sranie w banię!” if you disagree strongly with someone’s opinion and want to stress that it does not stand to common sense and either the person incapable of seeing through some propaganda he or she’s been fed, or wants to cynically pass this propaganda on to you which simply will not happen.

As the expression is brief, very graphic, and even rhymes, it is a very impressive, while also extremely rude way to interrupt someone’s argument. The closest American/English translation would be simply: “bullshit!”.

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Pójść w tango


Lit. “to go onto/start a tango”, which in most cases describes a multiday drinking binge in different bars, dance clubs or house parties. What might be included as well is consumption of illegal drugs and one night stands with random people met in those places. To go on a bender.

When you say that someone “poszedł/poszła w tango”, his or her colleagues should not expect their presence at work. If the person in question is an alcoholic then the binge usually has very negative consequences for their health and social life as well.

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Zerwał mu się film


Lit. “his film reel snapped” which means the person referenced cannot recall her/his actions after having consumed a large amounts of alcohol and/or other drugs. It is quite often used by ethanol victims on the next day when asked what happened, where have you been or “do you remember what have you done”, which already suggests that something really embarrassing happened. In turn, they need to show their penance by saying: “nie wiem, zerwał mi się film” and await a sentence; being mocked by “pić trzeba umieć” (better) or hear some unbelievable details and then decide if they are just a joke or facts to face (worse).

The expression is an obvious reference to a defect of the old-fashioned movie equipment preventing from recording.

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Tam gdzie psy dupami szczekają


Lit. “where dogs bark with their asses” which is a very colourful way to describe a deep backcountry, a remote anus mundi whereto civilized folk venture rarely and locals cultivate some strange and even dangerous habits. The expression is quite often used by city dwellers considering themselves forces of enlightenment pointing at country folk. A real marvel of Polish vulgar metaphors.

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Ściągać majtki przez głowę


Lit: “to take off/pull one’s panties through the head”. This describes a state of extreme hornyness in which an individual is ready to engage in sexual activities right away, usually in reaction to seeing a very attractive male or female. It is mainly used aimed at women, but nothing in the expression’s meaning excludes aiming it at men. A subset of its meaning stresses a naivety/goofiness of the target, so it’s very often used describing teenage persons, fans of a popular music band of simply, young girls having a crush on a school football star.

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