Category: "Dogs"

Собака на сене

February 9th, 2010
Russians love their proverbs and pithy sayings. It is amazing how many of them we have and use excessively to express so many different emotions. It seems that we have one for every life situation. We love them almost as much as we do our swear words… more »

Кинология

April 6th, 2009
One interesting word in Russian is кинология. The -логия ending corresponds to -logy in English and means "the study of." Every first semester Russian student knows that кино means the movies, so one could be forgiven if one thought that the word… more »

Псина

April 3rd, 2009
Y'know, you just never stop learning when you study a foreign language, and last month for the first time I encountered the word псина. The primary meaning of the word is dog meat: В 1984-ом году в Корее запретили продажу псины. The sale of dog meat… more »

Дог

April 2nd, 2009
The Russian word дог is a false cognate: it doesn't mean dog. It means Great Dane. Although regular nominative plurals often end in -ы, here spelling rule 1 interferes so that the plural is доги. The three Russian spelling rules are: Spelling rule… more »

Пёс

April 1st, 2009
Another word for dog in Russian is пёс, which specifically means a male dog. The ё in the latter is a fleeting vowel, so the word declines like this: Singular Plural Nom пёс псы Acc пса псов Gen пса псов Pre псе псах Dat псу псам Ins… more »