Category: "Slang"

Ломать/сломать & ломаться/сломаться

April 20th, 2010
A little while ago I wrote about words that can have multiple meanings because of their use in Russian slang. The verb «ломать» as well as its reflexive form «ломаться» are also such words. The main meaning of this verb is “to break”. However,… more »

Колбасить и колбаситься

February 22nd, 2010
It is interesting how some slang words in Russian are formed from something completely unrelated. The words колбасить and колбаситься would seem to come from the word колбаса “sausage” or “salami”; however, in reality, they have nothing to do with it.… more »

Супер-пупер

February 5th, 2010
Ever since I started writing blog entries, my friends have been begging me to write about «супер-пупер». This expression is similar to “super-duper” in meaning but, because of the obvious references, it sounds much funnier in English. The first time… more »

Качок

February 13th, 2009
Качок is gym slang for a guy who is trying to put on a ton of muscle: Как правило качками называют бодибилдеров. As a rule body-builders are called “качки.” For a neat reference of body-building terminology and gym slang, see this forum. more »

Бум-бум

February 4th, 2009
Every once in a while Russian throws you something so absurd that you just can't believe it, and today we'll see it in the slang phrase бум-бум which means "don't/doesn't understand": Он в математике ни бум-бум. He doesn't understand mathematics at… more »