We went out for a family dinner tonight and DD invited two friends along (age around 17). We were talking about last names and how the history is that a last name was based on what the bearer did for a living (cooper, blacksmith, etc.), and we talked about how in Iceland the last name changes with each generation and gender. DD's friend said she didn't know about her last name, so I asked her to spell it. I told her it sounds eastern European to me.
Girl: "No, it's Czechoslovakian."
Jan 5, '07
Quote from bethin
Yep, youth. Hope she realizes someday where Czechoslovakia(sp) is.
You mean "was." :-)
It no longer exists.
My dd spent two weeks in Prague last summer. I was soooo envious. What a beautiful city.
Last edit by clemmm78 on Jan 5, '07
: Reason: clarity
Jan 5, '07
Sad fact is that untill the Cold War - Czechoslovakia was not "eastern Europe" but more "central Europe". The evisceration of the German state and the descent of the Iron Curtain ensured that the concept of "central Europe" disappeared from most western minds - to be replaced with Cold War leftovers of Western Europe and Eastern Europe.
Last edit by Roy Fokker on Jan 5, '07