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Why is this Russian expression an idiomatic example of mutually exclusive things?

The Russian idiom "и рыбку съесть, и на хуй сесть", whose literal meaning is "to eat fish and sit down onto a dick too," is an idiomatic way to say that your interlocutor is ...
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Why число, not четло?

If it comes from PIE q̆etlom then the Russian reflex should be "четло". Why it is число then? A speculation may be that it came from q̆etˢtlom, in this case it would become чесло. What is the correct ...
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“Подворачивать” or “подвёртывать”?

So there are two sets of verbs that seem to have very similar meanings, but also some slight differences. What separates these these pairs. **1. подворачивать подвёртывать--- подворотить подвернуть ...
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How word дясна became десна?

The word evidently comes from PIE e̯dentsnea̯ from e̯donts "tooth" from root e̯ed- "to bite". This should give "дясна" in Russian. Why "десна" then?
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Are пырей and перо somehow connected?

Are пырей and перо somehow connected? UPDATE Some material from PIE: pulos a single hair of the human body poums body hair peumos adult (having hair) peuqs tail (> Eng. fox) peuros wheat ...
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Are there any patterns for loanwords phonetics in Russian which are specific for a source language?

В (древне)русском языке есть (был) набор специфических фонем. В языках, из которых осуществлялись заимствования, тоже был набор специфических фонем. Вопрос: могли ли одни и те же звуки (древне)...
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A problematic etymology of a 'three-letter' Russian profanity

Namely, a conjecture: хуй < ховать. Can it be a worthy version? Or why not? To my surprise I’ve found a discussion where this version does not look like something absolutely groundless (to me). ...
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Что значит и какова этимология слова “колпачить”?

Слышал эту фразу в контексте произведения человеком ненужной суеты или глупых действий, вызванных нервозностью момента. Есть еще связанное определение для человека, который "колпачит" - говорят, у ...
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Origin of Валюта

I am curios about Валюта meaning currency. What is the origin of the word? Does it come from greek or latin or somewhere else?
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The lexical root of the past tense forms differrent from the lexical root of the infinitive form

Does Russian have any verbs, whose past tense forms are based on the lexical root that differs from the lexical root of the infinitive form (by analogy with the Latin verb fero > tuli)?
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What is the etymology of the word крутить?

Is it connected to корчить and короткий? Vasmer does not answer.
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What semantic notions underlie 'to see, show' and 'order'? [closed]

Please see the screenshot (original) with my question inscribed:
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Is Интернационализм a French loanword?

It obviously seems to have a Latin etymology, but I wonder if it came into Russian from French.
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Слова “дюжий” и “недужный”

Слова дюжий и недужный близки или далеки с точки зрения этимологии?
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What are the exact orthography, etymology and explicit semantics of галимо/голимо?

In phrases like: Это г@лимый бред. Это г@лимыe сопли. The word has been detected in conversational register of middle/low class native speakers in NW Russia, sometimes in fictional literature to ...
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Why did the meaning of the loanword креол change?

The term креол was adopted in Russian a couple of centuries back. Just possibly, it was introduced by Nikolai Rezanov after he visited Brazil and California. The term's origin is described as the ...
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What is the root meaning of the name 'Samovojska'?

I have seem alternative spellings of this name listed as Samovojska Samovojsky Samovosky Samosky Is this a Rus surname? What is the origin or root meaning of this surname?
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Where does the phrase “кто девушку ужинает тот ее и танцует” come from?

While listening to Pozner I've heard the phrase "кто девушку ужинает тот ее и танцует". Where does it come from?
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Why use Г in for example Горизонт and not for example Х? [duplicate]

I am just a happy beginner in Russian language, but to my ears Х sounds closer to H than Г. Does anyone know why words like Horizon (Горизонт) choose Г instead? Is there some historic explanation ...
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What is the original Russian word for a watermelon?

Wiktionary gives the following etymology of the word "арбуз" (watermelon): From Turkic. Compare Ottoman Turkish خربز‎ (harbüz), خربزه‎ (harbüze), Tatar карбыз (qarbız), Bashkir ҡарбуз (...
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«Женское счастье», «мужское счастье»: как различаются эти выражения, какова их этимология?

Что конкретно имеется в виду, когда говорят о "женском счастье", откуда это выражение пошло, и почему гораздо реже встречается "мужское счастье"? (речь здесь идет не об одноименных цветах) Пример: ...
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этимология слова “ружьё”?

Кто-нибудь знает происхождение слова "ружьё"? Не смог найти ни одного однокоренного слова, кроме его производных.
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Origin of Валюта

I am curios about Валюта meaning currency. What is the origin of the word? Does it come from greek or latin or somewhere else?
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Why is the Russian informal phone greeting “алё” equivalent to the Turkish one?

I recently discovered that the Russian informal phone greeting, алё, precisely coincides with the Turkish one. When you hear "алё," you absolutely cannot tell whether it is a Russian or a Turk who is ...
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муссировать этимология [closed]

муссировать этимология please inform

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