Thursday, April 29, 2010


Ahoj - pronounced "a-hoy" is an informal greeting. You only use it with friends or close associates. It means both hi and 'bye.

Vilém, one of my colleagues, told me that its use became very popular during WWII as a symbol of Czech resistance to the Nazi occupation.

Adolfa Hitlera Oběsíme Jistě = We will surely hang Adolf Hitler

I don't know if this is true or not...but it sure makes for an interesting little story.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris, I am pretty sure that the word 'ahoj' had been used frequently much earlier than during WWII... and I haven't ever heard such a story before even though I am the Czech native speaker. So thanks for that. Good luck in bloging! I am one of your office-mates who read your blog. Ciao Patrik W.