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    A total collapse

    Dear teachers,
    Could you tell me whether it sounds natural in English to say:

    People thought that the welkin suddenly collapsed on the Polish territory.

    I'm worried about this 'welkin' as I have never used the word before. My text is supposed to be a bit archaic and is about the destruction and disasters that struck Poland.

    I'll be really grateful for your help.

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    Re: A total collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Could you tell me whether it sounds natural in English to say:

    People thought that the welkin suddenly collapsed on the Polish territory.

    I'm worried about this 'welkin' as I have never used the word before. My text is supposed to be a bit archaic and is about the destruction and disasters that struck Poland.

    I'll be really grateful for your help.
    I have never seen the word "welkin" before.

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    #3

    Re: A total collapse

    I found this:

    welkin

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    #4

    Re: A total collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Could you tell me whether it sounds natural in English to say:

    People thought that the welkin suddenly collapsed on the Polish territory.

    I'm worried about this 'welkin' as I have never used the word before. My text is supposed to be a bit archaic and is about the destruction and disasters that struck Poland.

    I'll be really grateful for your help.
    It seems to be a non-native's translation of the "sky has fallen," the Chicken Little metaphor for some disaster or other. The Soviets? The Germans?


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    Re: A total collapse

    Thank you:) No, it's about the Chmielnicki Uprising, some years earlier:)

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