Episode 79: Mother Sacred!
English Phonemes: “MAHT-koh SFY[Ę]-tah”
Literal Translation: Mother sacred!
Elegant Translation: Holy Mother!
English Equivalent: Holy Mother of God!
In honor of Mothers’ Day this month (in America on the second Sunday in May, in Poland always on May 26), I thought I’d do a mother-related phrase!
Today we learn the Polish way to say “Holy Mother of God!” in English. An exclamation of surprise or shock, it’s a fun phrase to have in your back pocket!
Matko = Mother [vocative form, an invocation]
Święta = sacred, holy [adj., subj. form, fem.]