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  • Heck, or as the French say, potrzebie, he couldn't define his job.

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  • It’s been discovered by researchers that if you are cornered by a boring person at a function you can get rid of him/her by intoning the word “potrzebie” a number of times or asking in a bright voice “Do you know that its crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide?”

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  • Potrzebie is a Polish word popularized by its non sequitur use as a running gag in the early issues of Mad not long after the comic book began in 1952. The word is pronounced ?p?t???b?e in Polish and is a declined form of the noun "potrzeba" (which means "need"), but in English it was purportedly pronounced /?p?t?z?bi/ or /?p?tr?zi?bi/. Its Eastern European feel was a perfect fit for the New York Jewish style of the magazine.
    (from Wikipedia)

    April 19, 2009