[OT] McGuinness/margin in Polish Brooklyn

Bruce Hunter bhunter3 at MINDSPRING.COM
Fri Jun 13 15:37:25 UTC 2008


Interested amateur lurker here. My dictionary ( English-Polish Polish
English, J. Stanilawski {slashed l} David McKay Co. Inc.{no date}) says...
1) brzek (dot under e) - edge, brink, verge, coast, shore, bank, margin
2) krawedz (dot under e, acute z) - edge brim, border, verge

Bruce Hunter

David Donnell wrote:
> I beg your pardon, I reckon this is more ESL than ADS-L material:
> A Polish woman in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn told me
> that local Polish-speakers pronounce McGuinness Blvd as
> "MAR-gee-nees", because it is considered a 'margin' between the two
> sides of the community.
> McGuinness Blvd is the major thoroughfare one takes to get into
> Manhattan, via the Queens Midtown Tunnel or the 59th Street Bridge...
> here's a map:
> http://www.mapquest.com/maps/%5B61-111%5D+McGuinness+Blvd+Brooklyn+NY+11222/
> Anyone know the Polish word for 'margin'?
> DD
> Missourian @ NYC
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