All Slavic languages: handyman for hire

Discussion in 'Other Slavic Languages' started by Encolpius, May 3, 2013.

  1. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Hello, what do you call it in your langauge? The origin might be Russian. Thanks.

    Russian: муж на час
    Czech: hodinový manžel [hodina = hour manžel = husband]
  2. Azori

    Azori Senior Member

    Slovak: hodinový manžel / manžel na hodinu / majster na hodinu / hodinový majster
    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  3. boozer Senior Member

    I can't think of a Bulgarian equivalent, maybe just майстор of sorts. They charge per hour anyway, though you have to show them exactly what needs to be done and negotiate the price in advance. If I had seen the Russian expression out of context, I would have thought муж на час was someone hired exclusively by ladies to perform exclusively men's duties. :D Well, my Russian is very far from being perfect, true. :)
  4. LiseR Member

    This is a service used by ladies to perform tasks exclusively for men such as: repairing toilet, plumbing, kitchen and stuff.
    If a woman needs a man for physiological issues, that man is called мужчина по вызову or жиголо.
  5. mmbata

    mmbata Member

    Novi Sad (Vojvodina)
    Serbian & Croatian
    Serbian & Croatian:
  6. Duya Senior Member

    Not in WR world
    I think you misunderstood the context -- it's about a man who does all sorts of household repairs, for a fee (naturally). In BCS, najamnik and plaćenik usually refer to hired soldiers (mercenaries), while nadničar is a day-laborer, usually for low-level jobs in agriculture and construction. All three words usually have a negative connotation.

    As far as I know, we don't have a specific word for that. There's the phrase majstor svih zanata, but it is usually applied metaphorically for a person who is a know-all.
  7. mmbata

    mmbata Member

    Novi Sad (Vojvodina)
    Serbian & Croatian
    I see. OK. Thanks.
  8. Thomas1

    Thomas1 Senior Member

    polszczyzna warszawska
    If I remember aright, I've come across 'mąż do wynajęcia' and 'mąż na godziny' in Polish. Also, 'złota rączka' could be used in this context.
  9. Duya Senior Member

    Not in WR world
    Re-investigating this, I found the expression kućni majstor which seems to fit the definition, and is widely used in advertisements across BCS area. There is also the older German loan hauzmajstor, but (as far as I know), the equivalent BCS calque is kućepazitelj, referring to a permanent resident of a building whose task is maintenance, not someone who does this on the "for fee" basis.
  10. slavic_one

    slavic_one Senior Member

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Croatian (štokavski, jekavski)
    I also see a kućni majstor as someone who does a maintenance in some building (school, hospital, firm...).
  11. Duya Senior Member

    Not in WR world
    Isn't that rather a domar?
  12. Azori

    Azori Senior Member

    Some other expressions that are used in Slovak (according to Google):

    náhradný manžel (substitute / alternative husband)

    manžel na prenájom (husband for hire)

    majster na zavolanie (foreman on call)

    majster na prenájom (foreman for hire)
    Last edited: May 26, 2013
  13. slavic_one

    slavic_one Senior Member

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Croatian (štokavski, jekavski)
    I think it's the same thing.
  14. TriglavNationalPark

    TriglavNationalPark Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    Slovenian (a.k.a. Slovene)
    Slovenian: (hišni) mojster (or majster in colloquial Slovenian)
  15. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    This is not a term. It was a clever brand name one company used for their handyman services, literally it means "Husband for an hour".
    A general term would be something like мастер по вызову (handyman on call) or мастер на дом (handyman who makes house calls). That's for a handyman who specifically makes house calls. General term for "handyman for hire" would be наёмный мастер.
  16. DarkChild Senior Member

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