What is the Russian word that sounds like "bleen" that is a mild swear word. Ben Rich (Bald and Bankrupt) suggest it translates to "bloody hell".

It is said 6:48 in this video (caution has a man defecating, although you can't see anything rude).



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It's блин, literally "pancake".

It's a minced oath for блядь (literally "whore"), a Russian swear word.

  • Thank you, I don't know any Russian but the evidence suggests you are completely right :) en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%B1%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BD
    – Paul
    May 30, 2020 at 16:23
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    Блин is more crêpe than pancake. Pancakes are usually thicker than блины.
    – user31264
    May 31, 2020 at 0:54
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    @user31264 depends on who’s cooking. Either way, both are called “блин” in Russian. May 31, 2020 at 8:56
  • @user31264 That completely depends on where you are. What you're describing are called pancakes in the UK, for example. May 31, 2020 at 15:09
  • In English, it is more specific than pancake or crêpe - the loanword is blini. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blini May 31, 2020 at 16:04

I'm native russian. I think, "bleen" is less rude word than "blyat". It sounds more like "shit", "fuck", "damn it". We use "bleen" in our informal speech, and it's OK. No one will shame you, if you use it. Another thing with "blyat". We don't use it often, especially with strangers. It's prohibited in formal communication and is considered as bad word in everyday speech. You can easily shock your friends if you use it without any emotional need, i.e. if you aren't in humor, or something really bad has happened.

  • @Wilson - It depends upon who, to whom, and at what circumstances. The worst cases are if it is addressed to the police and other authorities. All the cases and the exact articles of the Russian law are enumerated in this article, in Russian.
    – Yellow Sky
    Jun 3, 2020 at 14:11
  • @Wilson - 'блин' isn't a rude word at all. It's more like 'dude' - we don't use it in formal communication, but you'll haven't any problems if you use it in everyday speech. I cannot imagine the situation, where you can be shamed for this. Maybe you shouldn't use it in a library or in another cultural place. Definitely you will not use it on the Oscar ceremony. But again, for everyday speech it's okay. Jun 9, 2020 at 4:25
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    The level of offensiveness of "блин" may be close to that of "damn it", or maybe lower, "darn it". But the other two English swear words you cite are among the rudest words in the language. I think there is a confusion among Russian speakers stemming from the fact that differing cultural rules about where such language is tolerated mean that when American films are dubbed these "unprintable" words are replaced with mild swear words or even non swear words. Perhaps that is why on 95 Квартал they bleep milder Russian swear words but use English "sailor talk" unbleeped in comedy routines.
    – David42
    Jun 25, 2020 at 18:59

Bleen (Блин) - not swear word. Translate as "Pancake". But have a second meaning - the annoyance that something did not work out

Blyat (Блядь) - Translate as "Whore". And it also has the same meaning as "Блин"

You will gain a deeper understanding of Russian swear words by trying to translate the lyrics Ленинград - Непросто


Gosh, some people say bleen when they understand that someone else can hear them and they don't want to swear aloud. But since words sound similar and bleen is just a "crêpe" / "pancake", while the other word means "slut", you kinda slide into lighter version of this sudden swearing. Bleen is allowed on TV (though not appreciated because associated with uneducated speaker) and "blyad'" is forbidden.

I would never translate "bleen" as "bloody hell" though. It's just an "oh, crap!".

  • It's just an "Oh crêpe"!!!
    – shabunc
    Apr 6, 2021 at 8:55

As another native Russian, I agree with previous contributors. You use “bleen” (блин) instead of “blyad” (блядь), if you don’t want to swear. There is nothing in common between the two words, other than the first two letters. “Bleen” is an inoffensive euphemistic substitute for “blyad”, meaning to express disappointment or frustration. It is like saying “darn” in English instead of “damn”. Or rather, saying “darn” instead of “fuck” or “shit”😀

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    Welcome to Russian SE. Keep in mind though that usually answers that provide new information (compared to answers already provided) are one that get upvoted.
    – shabunc
    Apr 6, 2021 at 3:51

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