Below you will find my collection of Plonka trivia. If you have corrections
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Table of Contents:
Plonka: the band
Plonka: the game
Plonka dot com
"What a plonka!"
Plonka: the euphemism - In the news!
Bottle o' Plonk
Plonkas in the old country
Plonka v. Plonka
Comparing Apples and Plonkas
Plonka for Kids
the Plonka sum
There was band named Plonka that released a collection of
christian-oriented rock music called beyondreason on CD in 1997.
The band's guitarist, Tony Award winning actor Scott Waara,
had earlier done a play in the midwest featuring an actress named
Kristen Plonka and had mentioned her unusual surname to the band. Another
member recalled that, based upon the biblical story of David and Goliath,
they named themselves after the imagined sound that the stone made when it
hit the giant in the head.
(Goliath was slain by a smooth stone to his forehead from David's sling.)
source: http://redhare.com/babyrocks/plonka/, Mark White, Big Water Music
There is a drinking game named Plonka which tests your knowledge
of all things alcoholic by challenging you to answer trivia questions
printed on game cards. The boxed game is produced in the UK.
Plonka Internet domain names include:
- Since 1996, Susan Plonka's domain for Plonka Interactive, Plano, Texas.
- Since 1999, Alexander Plonka's domain, Marshall, Virginia.
- Since 2002, Dave Plonka's domain, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Since 2002, Robert Plonka's domain, Slovakia.
- Since 2002, Lavinia Plonka's domain, Asheville, North Carolina.
- Since 2001, Wojciech Plonka's domain.
- Since 2005, Marcin Plonka's domain, Lancut, Poland.
source: whois.networksolutions.com, whois.nic.us, Uwhois.com, etc.
The British and Australians use the term "plonka" as derrogatory slang.
For example, they might say "What a plonka!" in disgust referring
to an inept and annoying person. It means, roughly, a very stupid
person. This appears to be a variation of the more common
term plonker, which is used likewise.
This use seems to have been popularized by the popular British
television sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" (c. 1981 through 1992),
in which the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter often referred
to his daft brother Rodney as "a right plonker".
source: many Internet news postings and occasional personal emails from astonished Brits asking if my name is really plonka ;^), e.g. http://www.pissedasafart.com/Juine2002.htm, http://www.thegreycouncil.demon.co.uk/pl_cover.html
According to at least one brit,
for those not familiar with the term, a "fluky plonka" is a very lucky person.
source: Gervase Markham, http://www.gerv.net/writings/advent/page5.html
(Maybe those Brits aren't all bad. ;^)
Some pertinent entries from a British to American translation dictionary:
- plonk noun :
- cheap table wine.
- plonk down verb :
- drop down, as in plop down wearily into a chair, or plonk down money - finally succumb to payment.
- plonker [euphemism for penis] noun :
- idiot, fool, wally.
with the title "I'M PROUD TO BE A PLONKA"
appeared on the "colorful" page 3 of the London newspaper
The humorous item read as follows:
FIRST we gave you Mrs Bonk. Then up popped Mr Twocock. Now meet a man
with a saucy name to match 'em all - It's Mr Plonka!
source: The Sun, Wednesday, September 9, 1987. (Thanks to Alex Plonka.)
Computer expert Vee Plonka, 25, has been suffering with the silly surname
since his schooldays.
And the teasing has trebled since Del Boy's favourite catchphrase "You
PERRLONKER, Rodney" in the hit BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.
But undaunted Vee declared yesterday: "I'm actually proud to be a Plonka!"
Vee, of Solihull, West Midlands, says his hilarious handle is common in his
father's homeland of Poland.
"There are quite a few Plonkas there. It means apple tree, not slang for a
bloke's private parts, like in Britain," he said.
all my life, and my younger brother Mark changed his name to Lowther.
I'll be sticking with it - though I do get a bit fed up eith people always
bursting out laughing.
What the heck. I'm a Plonka and that's all there is to it."
Vee managed to find a girl willing to become Mrs. Plonka - but Suzanne users
her MAIDEN name for business.
In places such Great Britain, Australia, and even Canada, plonk is a
common slang synonym for wine (often cheap) or booze, as in
"bottle of plonk".
source: many Internet references to plonk and wine, e.g. http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/square/fk26/localpast/90au/cann.htm
While one true origin of the Plonka surname may never be found, it has
been said that, in Polish, plon is a word having to do with
wheat, and that plonka is a word for a type of
crab apple tree.
source: a polish coworker of mine, http://www.reticule.co.uk/flora/content/species.asp?1740
The Plonka surname is native to the region called
Silesia which, today, is part of the Polish republic.
The surname supposedly refers to
crab apple trees or land where they grow.
Today, there are supposedly still a lot of Plonkas dwelling in the
area of the town of Opelno (in German: Oppeln).
source: Jens Plonka, http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/mbexec/message/5538/surnames.plonka/126.96.36.199
While not known to be a related to Plonkas other than by sound-alike
pronunciation, the scientist Max Planck is the namesake of the
famous Planck's Constant in the field of physics.
Circa 1900, he introduced the notion that energy might consist of discrete
"chunks" (like particles): so called quanta (such as photons).
This concept was the basis for some of Einstein's work.
Liz Plonka's name is seen in the credits of many television programs.
She has had a long run as director of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
in the United States. Quoting from "The Women of Late Night", by Brian Rose:
Liz Plonka was an experienced comedy and cable episodic director
who came to Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1995. During her nearly
two years with the program, she has helped turn the show into network
TV's most endearingly quirky hour.
Based upon the 1990 United States Census, Plonka is the 29,815th
most popular last name (surname) in the United States. Consequently,
American Plonkas rarely, if ever, meet people named Plonka other than those
whom are direct family relations.
In the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Caselaw, Plonka v. Plonka,
177 Wis. 2d 196 (Ct. App. 1993), is a frequently cited maintenance
law case regarding payment to an ex-spouse following divorce.
The Court of Appeals reversed an earilier trial
court decision to reduce maintenance, stating that:
when a post-divorce motion for reduction in maintenance
is presented, the nature and amount of current income-producing assets
should be freshly examined together with any new post-divorce sources
of income. When undertaking such an examination, the trial court
must consider the reasons that form the basis of the allocation
of assets in the original division of the estate.
Plonka Terrace is a small heath care facility
which specializes in the care of mentally and physically challenged adults.
It is located in Galesburg, Illinois.
From the 1930s through late 1950s, the Plonka Candy Company was in
operation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin supplying candy to department
stores and scraps at a discount to children in the St. Francis neighborhood.
source: Eileen Plonka
The word plonk or plonka is occasionally used for its
onomatopoetic character, as in "plinkety-plonk",
"the wagon bumped up and down with a `plonk, plonk' sound",
or perhaps to immitate the sound of water dripping
into a bucket.
source: various web references and Internet news postings
Brian Plonka is an award-winning photographer, having many times
been named Photographer of the Year. His wife Kathy is also a photographer.
Bolek and Lolek are animated characters popular with Polish
children. They are apparenly produced by someone named Plonka,
making the Plonka name somewhat well-known in Poland. As an aside,
at least one english translation calls the characters "Bennie" and
source: Daniel Plonka
The popular british situation comedy "Are You Being Served?" spun-off a
movie in which the characters travel to the fictional location of
Costa Plonka, Spain. Made in 1977, at the height of the sitcom's
popularity on British television, one reviewer described the film thusly:
"The zany employees of the Grace Brothers store take a fabulous staff holiday
in Spain to encourage bonding and increase productivity. Unfortunately, their
stay at Don Bernardo's Palace Hotel in Costa Plonka is plagued by the staff's
aversion to the local cuisine, general bickering, and an armed rebel
Plonka is amongst the tens of thousands of surnames of those who were
murdered by german medical doctors during atrocities committed
between 1939 and 1948.
source: http://www.iaapa.org.il/46024/Claims, http://www.iaapa.org.il/46024/claims_list_Pi-Py
"PLONKA" is written with a letter that looks like
"L" with a slash through it.
This and "L" are two different letters in the polish alphabet.
However, on the Internet it is common to use them interchangably
when polish fonts are not available, as in email addresses.
Look here to see a proper example.
source: Sebastian Plonka
In the 1960s, the mathematician J. Plonka introduced a construction of sum
of a semilattice ordered system of algebras. It has since became known as
`the Plonka sum' and is amongst the most fundamental constructions in general
source: Involutorial Plonka Sums