Eat me, flies!
Welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s signature miniseries in which you can learn something about the Czech language – while listening to music! In this edition, we’ll be talking about flies. The song is called Mouchy, or Flies, and it appeared on the 1995 album Ukončete mě! – or Terminate me! – by the Prague-based band Tata bojs. The phrase to listen for is “Mouchy, snězte si mě”.
The Czech expression “Mouchy, snězte si mě” translates as “eat me, flies”. This peculiar imperative to the insects is in Czech used to describe someone whose attitude suggests they wouldn’t mind being eaten alive by flies. In other words, people say that about somebody gormless and passive. A commonly used phrase is “on je takový mouchy snězte si mě”, or “he’s like, eat me, flies”. I don’t think the actual lazy person would say that themselves. Have another listen.
The word moucha, fly, also appears in several other Czech sayings. The English phrase “to kill two birds with one stone” has a Czech parallel of “zabít dvě mouchy jednou ranou”– “or kill two flies with one blow”. And that’s that for this edition of SoundCzech. Wherever you are, don’t let any flies eat you!