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(The Atlantic)   Having solved all other problems, Russian lawmaker angrily wants to outlaw a vowel   (theatlantic.com) divider line 7
    More: Silly, Russians, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Liberal Democratic Party, Duma, european language, migrant workers, Kyrgyz, Mongols  
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2014-03-15 07:58:15 AM
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"This primitive, Asiatic sound is the reason people don't like us in Europe," he told lawmakers.

That and, you know, the whole unprovoked invading all of your neighbors and your neighbors' neighbors thing.
2014-03-15 10:59:41 AM
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ciberido: lindalouwho: dkendr: Don't blame him.  It's also the only digraph remaining in the Russian version of the Cyrillic alphabet.  There's also Ë, Ъ, and Э are still hanging around.  There are 33 letters there and nobody's going to miss those four. Ы is a variation of И; Ë and Э are just variations of E, and Ъ hasn't been used since pre-Soviet times.  Ь isn't voiced but it's phonetically important.

Learning Russian really helped me land a great job in the Cold War world.  Путин ест козу член.

Ha! A few of the letters are hard to pronounce, so what? I hated this letter when I was learning Russian but I wouldn't advocate eliminating it. Especially not because of such inane "reasoning" from Major Douche.

My objection to the letter was always that, to me (probably because of being so used to the English alphabet) it always looked like two letters ("b" and "I").  I keep trying to parse it as two letters instead of one when I see it in a word, and it's really annoying.


I hear ya. Had more trouble saying words with that damn letter pronounced "shch" than anything.

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2014-03-15 10:49:34 AM
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lindalouwho: dkendr: Don't blame him.  It's also the only digraph remaining in the Russian version of the Cyrillic alphabet.  There's also Ë, Ъ, and Э are still hanging around.  There are 33 letters there and nobody's going to miss those four. Ы is a variation of И; Ë and Э are just variations of E, and Ъ hasn't been used since pre-Soviet times.  Ь isn't voiced but it's phonetically important.

Learning Russian really helped me land a great job in the Cold War world.  Путин ест козу член.

Ha! A few of the letters are hard to pronounce, so what? I hated this letter when I was learning Russian but I wouldn't advocate eliminating it. Especially not because of such inane "reasoning" from Major Douche.


My objection to the letter was always that, to me (probably because of being so used to the English alphabet) it always looked like two letters ("b" and "I").  I keep trying to parse it as two letters instead of one when I see it in a word, and it's really annoying.
2014-03-15 08:44:34 AM
1 votes:
If Quebec history has taught us anything, it's that legislators trying to dictate language use is /such a great idea/ and totally doesn't lead to a whole dick bag of (un)intended consequences.
2014-03-15 08:42:17 AM
1 votes:
OK, so which ethnic minority that he doesn't like has a language/dialect/name that makes frequent use of that letter...?
2014-03-15 08:39:21 AM
1 votes:
That guy has no culture
2014-03-15 08:31:36 AM
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Ricardo Klement: "This primitive, Asiatic sound is the reason people don't like us in Europe," he told lawmakers.

That and, you know, the whole unprovoked invading all of your neighbors and your neighbors' neighbors thing.


Among other things.  But this guy does not seem to think in rational terms:

Straying beyond politics, Zhirinovsky suggested last month in the Duma that people should not kiss on the lips but only on foreheads. He also advised disinfecting the skin before planting a kiss.
 
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