Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jak oset stał się symbolem Szkocji?

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Hi! Do you know how the thistle became the national emblem of Scotland? Well, according to legend, the story happened at one night in 1263 when Norse raiders slipped ashore. They had a great plan to go barefoot in order not to alert the sleeping Scots... However, their strategy failed after one of the invaders stepped on a prickly...

THISTLE

...and screamed in pain, rousing the clansmen. Then, awoken Scots defeated the Norsemen in the Battle of Largs.

Vocabulary:
  • thistle - oset
  • emblem - symbol, godło
  • raiders - najeźdźcy
  • slip - wśliznąć się
  • ashore - na ląd
  • barefoot - na bosaka
  • alert - alarmować
  • fail - zawieść
  • invader - najeźdźca
  • step - nadepnąć
  • prickly - kolczasty, ciernisty
  • scream - krzyczeć
  • clansmen - członkowie klanu

Nice story, isn't it?

What's the story behind your town's place name?



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