[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Re: Sayings and Tales

albertr7 at juno.com albertr7 at juno.com
Fri Sep 10 17:01:04 PDT 2004


I remember Gramma (from Russian Poland) repeatedly saying "Ach du
lieber," as mentioned already by several people.

An expression I remember is something like "Mein Peter ist Weis."  Said
when someone did something smart or clever.  No one in our family was
named Peter, so it never made a lot of sense to us.  Does anyone know the
origin of the expression?  Is it a line from an old story or tale
My grandmother sometimes referred to her husband's eldest brother as a
He was the one who got the family farm and remained in Europe as far as
we know.
Does the word mean something like a "slob."  She usually wasn't critical
of any of the rest of her husband's family so I've sometimes wondered if
this was a colloquial-ism used mainly in Russian-Poland.

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