Where foxes say goodnight
Yes, we are back with a brand new lesson about Czech wild animal idioms. And we start off with a little quiz: Can you guess which animal makes this noise?
The species is called the red fox in English but in Czech we say the colour of fox fur is ginger. About people with red hair Czechs say zrzavý jako liška - ginger like a fox.
Foxes are predators and are feared by farmers, who probably coined the expression "to love someone like a fox in a henhouse" - mít někoho rád jako lišku v kurníku - meaning not to like the person at all.
My favourite Czech idiom about foxes uses the image of a fox to describe a remote, deserted place, the middle of nowhere. Tam, kde dávají lišky dobrou noc, where the foxes say goodnight is a place so far away and so isolated that even the foxes have nothing to say to it but goodnight. That, of course, is not the case with urban foxes, who most likely say goodnight somewhere near the garbage cans.
Anyway, our time is up but next week you can find out about another wild animal and the tracks it has left on the Czech language. Till then na shledanou.