the twice-weekly parade has been cancelled

Discussion in 'Polski (Polish)' started by Hikee, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Hikee

    Hikee Senior Member

    Polish/English - bilingual
    Hello fellow wordreference users,

    It's been quite a while since my last visit and I find myself back here with quite a stickler on my hands.

    I need to translate this phrase into Polish:

    'the twice-weekly parade (has been cancelled)'

    I would very much like to avoid the descriptive approach of:

    'Parada odbywająca się 2 razy w tygodniu (została odwołana)'

    However, I cannot really think of anything else. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
  2. dn88 Senior Member

    Hello—and welcome (back). :)
    Neither can I, and I doubt there's a succinct way of expressing that in Polish. You'll probably have to make do with the descriptive approach.

    We do have the adjective "codwutygodniowy" (odd though it sounds) for something that happens every other week, but there seems to be no adjective for something that occurs twice a week...
  3. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    Hi there Hikee,

    Like Dn88, I honestly doubt anyone will be able to figure out a way around it. :(
  4. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    "Codwutygodniowy" sounds like a neologism to me. It is perfectly understandable, but I wouldn't use it in a formal text.
  5. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    It's a word which is oficially recognized by dictionaries, why would anyone object to using it in a formal setting?
  6. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    Can you quote in what dictionaries you can find the word?
    By the way, there are many words in dictionaries that I wouldn't use in a formal text, either because of their register, or stylistic reasons.
    The word "codwutygodniowy" is a clumsy word, that breaks the Polish tradition of not creating long compound words consisting of many elements.
    "Donaudampfschiffgesellschaftsbeamter" might be good German, but woud not make good Polish if translated as one word.
  7. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    Granted, just because a word is recognized by dicionaries is not an ample reason to use it. Still, I don't share your sentiments as far as the word 'codwutygodniowy' is concerned. Its aesthetic values are indeed low, but at least it saves us the trouble of saying 'odbywający się co dwa tygodnie', as is the case with 'twice-weekly.'. The word 'codwutygodniowy' can be found in the internet version of 'Słownik Języka polskiego', here.
  8. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    Thanks for the link, but this is an internet dictionary run by hobbyists. Such dictionaries have a very low threshold for accepting neologisms. I wouldn't be surprised if they accepted "costudwydziestodniowy" too.

    I see also that you partly agree with me. I'd also like to say, that sometimes it is better to.use a longer paraphrase than a word that you don't like, of course if you are concerned with style and esthetics.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2013
  9. marrish

    marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Should the meaning of 'codwutygodiowy', whatever it is worth, not be ''happening each fortnight''? I thought 'twice-weekly' was something totally different. That is, forgive my Polish, "dwa razy w tygodniu"?
  10. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    You are right, but nobody has claimed that 'twice-weekly' means the same as 'codwutygodiowy'.
    dn88 wrote: "We do have the adjective "codwutygodniowy" (odd though it sounds) for something that happens every other week, but there seems to be no adjective for something that occurs twice a week..."
  11. 676 Member

    The word "codwutygodniowy" is a valid word, just as "tysiącdwustuletni" or "ponadsiedemdziesięciokrotnie" would be, and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find them in a dictionary. They just don't appear very often and may seem somewhat clumsy to some, but I wouldn't find it terribly awkward if I stumbled upon them in a piece of writing.

    If you wish to make it just a little bit shorter, you can say

    "Parada organizowana 2 razy w tygodniu"

    It's still pretty descriptive, though.
  12. marrish

    marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Any idea if ''dwarazywtygodniowy'' or ''dwarazynatydzieniowy'' would catch? I don't think it would be any useful but my question is if it can be understood or used under certain circumstances, and under which.
  13. Thomas1

    Thomas1 Senior Member

    polszczyzna warszawska
    Sorry, Marrish, they aren't used. They might be understood, though. :)
  14. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    They are not constructed in accordance with the rules of Polish word formation.
    In the first: you cannot add an adjectival suffix to a word in locative (or any other "dependent" case).
    We don't form new words just simply adding a suffix to the word "tydzień". The nominative case of this word is a contraction of "ten dzień", and both the dependend cases (ecxept of the accusative) and new words follow the same rules as for the word "dzień", which is using the contracted stem "dń" (dnia, dniu, etc.)
  15. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    That's not a bad idea. Though awkward, it gets across the message.
    Actually, I found a direct translation of "the twice-weekly event":
    "dwa razy cotygodniowa podmiana wody wraz z mechaniczym usuwaniem tych brunatnych nitek, nawozy i wszystko inne bez zmian
    nie byłem na weekend w domu (podmieniam w piątki/czwartki), wracam, a tu czysto
    miałem to samo co Ty, tylko na parvuli, praktycznie nie było jej widać+całe podłoże zawalone" Source: A post of an aquarium enthusiast.

    Anyway, English "twice-weekly (event)" is not the happiest combination of words, but it works. Although, I have not been able to find such dictionary entries as twice-weekly, thrice-weekly or three-times-weekly (thing).
    I wonder how you would translate "dwa cotygodniowe loty" to English, for example in this sentence:
    Połączenie z Oslo do Fort Lauderdale dwa razy w tygodniu. Norwegian będzie obsługiwać dwa cotygodniowe loty z Norwegii z Oslo Gardermoen do Fort Lauderdale we wtorki i środy.
    Source: Poleć z Norwegian na Floryde.
    How about "Norwegian has a twice-weekly service from Norway .... ?
  16. głupi Member

    English - UK
    Tak, "twice-weekly service" albo "twice-weekly flight". Ale to brzmi zupełnie naturalnie po angielsku. Nie zgadzam się, że nie jest to "the happiest combination of words".
  17. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Zaraz, zaraz. Twice to dwa razy, weekly - cotygodniowy, a więc twice-weekly to dwa-razy-cotygodniowy. Po polsku to nie bardzo brzmi. Ciekawe jak w innnych językach jest to wyrażenie tłumaczone. Ale, jak wspomniałem, wydaje się dobrze funkcjonować w języku angielskim. Chociaż, dlaczego mówi się "biweekly television drama" a nie twice-weekly? Z kolei, dlaczego w języku polskim mamy dwutygodnik (biweekly)?

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