Like a Bag of Fleas
Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech – Radio Prague’s Czech language series in which you can learn idioms through song lyrics. Today, we’ll be listening to a song called Zkamenělý dítě (The Petrified or Stony Child) by the great Czech ‘90s rock band, Lucie. The words to look out for are “pytel blech” - a bag of fleas.
There are also other equivalent in Czech which are quite popular, among them, “být jako z divokých vajec”– to act like one were from wild eggs, or “být jako z hadích ocásků” - to behave as if you were from a snake’s tail: restless, squirming, whipping around. Not surprisingly, these expressions are used most often in connection with small kids. “Co je s tebou?!”. What’s the matter with you is something you might hear in nursery school, “jseš jako z divokých vajec!”. Ants in your pants, indeed!
By now you may be feeling a little restless yourself, and I can’t say I blame you. It’s time to move on! But, when you have a second or you simply don’t know what to do with yourself next, you might try this: looking up previous editions of SoundCzech at www.radio.cz. They’re the fleas… I mean… the bees’ knees. Thanks for listening!