Skip to comments.Speak literary Russian or face fine, Muscovites warned
Posted on 06/19/2014 10:52:12 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
In the near future, if two Muscovites go for a biznes-lanch, they could be fined. If they then order a gamburger, they could be fined again. And if they get out their smartfon to check their Feisbuk, there could be serious trouble.
This, at least, is the future envisaged by a new law that would introduce fines for the inappropriate use of foreign loan words in Russian. The draft law was suggested by a group of MPs from the Liberal Democrat party, a nationalist force in parliament and often responsible for scandalous or outlandish parliamentary initiatives.
The law has been redrafted over the past year and will be examined by the Duma next month, after being approved this week by the parliament's culture committee. It proposes fines starting from 2,000 roubles (£34) for individuals, rising to 50,000 roubles (£850) for legal entities using foreign words inappropriately in public.
The law proposes fines for those who "use foreign words and expressions which do not meet the norms of literary Russian and which have commonly used equivalents in literary Russian".
"We are sick of these Americanisms and Anglicisms," said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the party's leader, when proposing the law last year. "We will make a list of words that are forbidden from use when there are normal Russian words It should be on the table of every journalist,TV and radio presenter, teacher, professor and writer."
Dmitry Gudkov, one of the few anti-Kremlin MPs still in parliament, told a Russian paper he would not support the bill, and said lawmakers were currently engaged in a "championship of idiotism" to see who could suggest the most ridiculous laws.
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It’s about half the Russian language these days
France tried this too, back in the ‘80s.
and said lawmakers were currently engaged in a "championship of idiotism" to see who could suggest the most ridiculous laws.
Is this like the World Cup where the best of their legislative idiots will go up against ours in the finals?
Same must be going on here in the USA.
I don’t think those words mean what you think they mean.
Yes, I remember. How very French of them.
Of course, the language of Russian royalty was French so this approach is not unexpected.
Yeah, Vladimir Zhirinovsky... I had wondered what happened to him. Wasn’t he a Fascist or Ultra-nationalist back in the Yeltsin days?
Bill Clinton gave us SEKUHARA (sexual harassment).
The nazi mass murderer Putin is carrying out Zhirinovsky’s nazi agenda.
I believe you are right. He was a real thorn in the side to Yeltsin.
In Iraq they’ll cut your head off.
PC, it’s not just local any longer.
Well I guess I won’t use the Russianism “na levo” any more.
“Yeah, Vladimir Zhirinovsky... I had wondered what happened to him. Wasnt he a Fascist or Ultra-nationalist back in the Yeltsin days?”
Not Fascist. No, he is a radical hardcore Communist as well as Ultra-nationalist. Call him anything you like, I call him Bad News.
Won’t work and anyway it’s irrelevant.
A culture is really it’s DNA:
Look at France vs. Japan.
The first is flooded with aliens and pays up the whazoo to “keep France French” —language cops galore, Quebec same same.
Meanwhile Japan is flooooded with foreign loan words, but regards the 1% foreigner pop of Tokyo as a foreigner flood.
WHICH of the two will remain ?
Can’t use “Dick Head” anymore?
One aspect of English has always been to incorporate foreign terms into it. It’s one of the things that makes it “the international language”.
Wasn’t that a Bushnami?
(wish I had the cyrillic utility....)
I wouldn’t take a `taksi’, I would drive my `avtomovil’. Don’t care for `vodka’ but I do like my `viski’.
Anyway, Zhirinovskii has been nothing but trouble since the USSR fell. Putin I’m sure finds him useful.
(wish I had the cyrillic utility....)
On windows, start → all programs → accessories → system tools → character map, find a font with the characters (times new roman, for example), select your characters, copy, and paste.
Not sure how it works on windows 8...
At home, I have a Cyrillic keyboard layout installed so I just have to alt-shift to get to them. Or alt-space on my Mac.