Wednesday, May 17, 2006

No Wonder Communism Failed

This website offering Russian and Ukranian document retrieval and translation services has a few translation problems of its own ("a translation ought to be produced and certified in the respected foreign country"), but its section on Russian names managed to teach me something new.

In addition to all the popular first and last names, the site has a list of names invented during the Soviet era. Like "Revolutsia" (Russian for "Revolution"), and "Ninel" ("Lenin" backwards).

And then there are the acronyms, like "Kim"—short for "Kommunistichesky International Molodezhy" (Communist Youth International). And who wouldn't want to name their child "Persostrat"—abbreviated from the Russian for "First Soviet Stratosphere Balloon"?

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