October 30, 2003

From Russia With Love

Posted by shonk at 03:46 AM in Language | TrackBack

After a nice dinner with the parents, who were in town for a quick visit, and responding to my brother's objections to last night's post, I don't feel up to a real post tonight. Instead, might I recommend Paul Samohvalov's excellent work for your perusal?

Incidentally, did you know that Russian, Bulgarian and presumably most of the other Slavic languages have no word for "privacy"? For the doubters, I have it on excellent authority that the closest word in Bulgarian is "loneliness" and I've noted that this English-Russian dictionary translates "privacy" as "конфиденциальность"; my suspicion, based on aural similarity, that this really means "confidentiality" was confirmed by a Russian-speaking friend.