Csíkszereda Musings

My life in and around Csíkszereda, also known as Miercurea Ciuc.

Monitor Blizzard

Posted by Andy Hockley on 17 December, 2005

There’s an insane snowstorm going on outside right at this moment (and it seemingly came from nowehere – 30 minutes ago there were blue skies). If Erika goes into labour in the next few hours we’re screwed.

Later addition in keeping with the title: It’s stopped now. Only lasted about an hour in the end. All we need now is for the roads to be cleared and we’re laughing.

2 Responses to “Monitor Blizzard”

  1. Anonymous said

    I’m a random Czech-speaking passerby with a public service announcement for you. “Pastinák” is the Czech word word for parsnip. It isn’t a Slavic word, I think it actually comes from Latin, since the scientific name for parsnips is “Pastinaca sativa” and “pastinaca” is apparently the Spanish word.

    On the other hand, Pastrňák is a not-uncommon name. I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if it was after parsnips, since Czechs very often have names that mean funny things.


  2. Anonymous said

    Some online dictionary says:

    from L. pastinaca “parsnip, carrot,” from pastinum “two-pronged fork” (related to pastinare “to dig up the ground”) so called from the shape of the root.


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