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PF: a unique Czech version of Happy New Year

In Culture, Life, Winter on December 3, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , ,

It is almost time to start sending out Christmas cards. In Czech, the phrase “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” is often abbreviated as PF 2011. The abbreviation is French and stands for “pour féliciter” – which is a phrase that is not used anywhere else. Not even in France…

at least according to Wiktionary. The origin of this phrase in the Czech language is disputed. One theory says that it was first used centuries ago when noblemen spoke French (it was a part their “higher education”) and it somehow survived.

However, the problem often arises when companies send out their corporate greeting cards to their foreign partners – and they leave the “PF 2011” in the foreign-language version, along with the proper “Merry Christmas…” wish. Foreigners have no idea what the initialism means…

5 Responses to “PF: a unique Czech version of Happy New Year”

  1. […] online for a good amount of time, trying to find out what it meant, I finally stumbled across this page which described it as […]

  2. THANKS MATE,I AM LIVING IN SLOVAKIA WE USE IT AS WELL,BUT NOBODY KNOWS WHY,NOW I KNOW SO PF 2013

  3. PF 2014🙂

  4. Thanks men, I am living in Czech Republic and we use PF “YEAR” all the time, but neither me or my girlfriend had the knowledge from what phrase the shortcut actually is before reading your comment. However, we found it very strange it is used only in Czech and Slovakia, we were not aware of that. Thanks. (We both have University degrees).

  5. PF cards are traditionally paper and sent by post, but can be also virtual and interactive!
    PF 2016: http://pf.migdal.cz/

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