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What is Shkoda?

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I recently purchased an old motorcyle from a Russian native and on one side is an illustration of the wolf from the cartoon "Nu, pogodi!" and on the other side is a paisley design with the word "Shkoda" written in the center in a 70's style funky font.

I was wondering what Shkoda was. I searched google and found no conclusion and also searched google images and twitter. I found a lot of  ukraine and russian users using "#shkoda" with pictures of dogs and cats, but also many unrelated things.
asked Jun 4, 2014 by Nerolus (120 points)

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Škoda is a Czech automobile manufacturer that produces also motorcycles. You can search google pictures with "skoda motorcyle". If you transliterate Chech "Škoda" into Russian Шкода and then back to Latin alphabet according to English pronunciation rules, you would get "Shkoda".


I don't know what exactly does word "Škoda" mean in Chech, but in Russian "Шкода" means "a naughty action",  "nasty trick" or "naughty child". In Ukrainian a similar word though with a different stress means "a pity", "too bad".

answered Jun 4, 2014 by it-ogo (18,220 points)
The translation of Шкода seems to fit best. This motorcyce is a very rebellious looking custom and it is a Yamaha, so I don't think the czech automobile company fits too well.

"Nasty trick" or "naughty child" makes sense. Thank you!
I'm from Istria in Croatia, and we speak dialect which has got many quite similar words. The word škoda in our dialect means pity, same as in Ukrainian. In modern Croatian it not used, so many of people who speak Croatian don't understand us, when we say škoda. A baš mi je žol. Vero škoda :)
For those of you who knows Croatian look at a: