by Tatiana  

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. :D The first time they heard me saying it, they could not stop laughing.

— Как тест прошёл?
— Супер-пупер!
“How did your test go?”
Я такой супер-пуперский фильм видел!
“I saw such a super-duper movie!”
Моя жена супер-пуперски готовит Биф-Строганоф!
“My wife's Beef Stroganoff is super-duper!”

Just like in English, «супер-пупер» is formed in consonance with «супер» "super". I wonder why it is «пупер», though. Maybe it has something to do with «пуп» or «пупок», "belly button." In Russian «Пуп Земли» means "The Navel of the Earth", a cosmological notion of the center of the world in various religious and mythological traditions. It is a very important and holy place, a place where God sits. (source) It might be a little too far fetched but it seems that «супер-пупер», which essentially means "the greatest", is associated with the holy place.

As it often happens with slang, expressions come and go; words that seemed so popular just recently are being replaced by the even newer ones. Likewise, «супер-пупер» is no longer a commonly used expression; however, people will not look at you funny if you use it. It will just make them smile. &#59;)


Comment from: Tatiana [Member]

Thanks for reading!

02/11/10 @ 10:47
Comment from: Sputnik [Visitor]

I’ve just found your blog - it really is excellent. I haven’t come across this phrase in attributive form before but I will be trying it out this week. Thanks!

02/07/10 @ 23:41

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