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What does "короче" mean?

It's just a filler word associated with being cool and kind of rednecky/hickish these days. A colloquial contraction of an already colloquial "короче говоря" (in a nutshell, to make a long ...
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What nuances does the term "тугрик" have?

It usually metaphorically means "some obscure local currency", hardly known and hardly usable outside the country of origin; "some kind of monetary surrogate of limited use and ...
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Why do Russians call a joke a stake (прикол)?

Just homonyms.There's an older word, подкол 'joke' together with the verbs подколоть (perf.), подкалывать (imp.) 'to play a joke [on smb]', but here 'the joke' is aimed at a person to make laugh of ...
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What does "Ой всё" mean?

"Ой, все" - it is a very informal way to stop discussion. It is mostly used by women as a final argument in a dispute. Women always want to say the "last word" in any dispute but if they feel they ...
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Use of "Kamchatka" to represent any poor, faraway place

I agree with Artemix in most things (but not all), just writing my own response to provide more details. First of all, in my opinion, (as Artemix already had said) Kamchatka does not have the meaning ...
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Meaning of "кагбе пыщъ"?

It's in Upyachka slang. Literally translated that would roughly evaluate into something like well, sorta kaboom. Provided your context I guess that would mean he had sent you something, or something ...
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"Working on a knee"

Could that be 'сделано на коленке'='made on the knee'? This is said when some result was made paying less time to the process and having lower quality potential. Like if you could not (or felt lazy to)...
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What is the meaning of "по хулиганке"?

(Haven't heard or read the song, so it's a guess). Most probably, it's a criminal jargon, where "хулиганка" stands for "УК РФ Статья 213. Хулиганство". See also Хулиганство in Wiki....
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Proper usage of "бедолага"?

I daresay бедолага is not 100% synonymous to бедняга. Yes, both are used when one takes pity on someone. However, I think I can put my finger on at least two slight differences in usage. Firstly, ...
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What does "Ой всё" mean?

This expression means something along the lines of "I'm done", meaning that someone is not willing to continue an argument. Quite often it implies that a person saying "Oй все" lost an argument. The ...
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"Working on a knee"

It's на коленке - 'to make something crudely, without using any fancy tools', a botch job. Сделано на коленке literally means 'made on the lap'. It's not specific to aviation.
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How to sarcastically say "good job"

You can say the word молодец, but with sarcastic intonation. In Russian you can change a lot with intonation.
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Как перевести "beat that"?

Я бы перевёл "Слабо?" или "Выкуси!".
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"Норм чувак" meaning

Is it a Норм чувак (1) or Норм, чувак (2) (the latter has comma, which means addressing to чувак)? In a first variant Норм is a short form of нормальный (acceptable, satisfactory, good), the second ...
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Is "с днём рождения, старый пердун" acceptable?

Depends on the terms you're on with this person, because this is quite offensive, i mean it could be taken as a friendly banter by a good friend and as an insult by a stranger. I think it's as strong ...
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Use of "Kamchatka" to represent any poor, faraway place

Kamchatka since early years of 18 century was used as a place for sending politically disloyal people to exile. So, in the classroom a teacher sent bad pupils to the "exile" - to the rear seats of the ...
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Use of "Kamchatka" to represent any poor, faraway place

I will provide my answers for some of your questions. Why Kamchatka and not Kad'iak nor Ross, which are farther away? Kamchatka is a well known region of Russia. I am sure it will be very hard to ...
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Что значит "Че ты паришься"?

It means something like "Why are you worried?" or even "Why are you giving a sh*t?" due to informality of the phrase. Figurative meaning of "париться" comes from sweating while steam bathing like ...
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"Horseradish, why are you fucking?"

'Хрен' is just one of the euphemisms for penis. So "хрен тебе" is essentially the same as "хуй тебе". It doesn't have anything to do with horseradish or its taste or its value. Just like 'freak' has ...
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Что означает слово "дятька"?

Хочу добавить к ответу Shady_arc что "дядька" или "дядя" имеет оттенок "взрослый мужчина" и даже "мужчина старше (говорящего)" (как "дед" или "дедушка" означает "старый мужчина" или "мужчина гораздо ...
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What does "с др кароч" mean?

ДР means день рождения (birthday) с др (c днём рождения) - happy birthday
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Origin of "не фартануло"

"Фартану́ть" comes from "фарт", which originally means a luck in a card game. Later, the word became common among criminals and finally it's common slang (though using it still somehow refers to ...
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К какой части речи относится слово "го" из молодёжного сленга?

Го ничем по формальным признакам не отличается от айда. Которое считается междометием.
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How to sarcastically say "good job"

Молодец! Мá-лá-дéц! or Ну ты молодéц! (more obvious sarcasm) Ну ты молодец, блин! (sarcasm + mild annoyance) Постарался, ничё не скажешь! (sarcasm + mild reproach)
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What does прокачать mean

Yes, it's slang. Качать means pump. This word (by my opinion) came from bodybuilders, who pump theirs muscles. Today this word got wide meaning as improve something. Прокачать игрового персонажа в Wow....
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What does "Ой всё" mean?

'Ohh, that's all.' literally. It means like you don't wanna chat, you wanna change a topic of the speech or dialogue. Sometimes it means that opponent don't wanna think about this problem/task right ...
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Is "с днём рождения, старый пердун" acceptable?

Don't! You will definitely spoil the celebration. Or at least remind that person of his age. Do you know the meaning of the last word? I bet you don't. Look it up in your dictionary. We don't ...
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Is there a Russian expression used when both sides know they are lying?

The BBC did this a while ago, after which it can officially be considered the Russian language's mythmaker-in-chief. They took a colourless and generic Russian term for camouflage, маскировка, and ...
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What nuances does the term "тугрик" have?

The term as a reference to exotic currency was widepread during times of Soviet international contracts. Since nineties, the meaning became broader. Phonosemantically and similar to cockney rhyming ...
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Why do Russians call a joke a stake (прикол)?

Those words are definitely related. The thing is that the relation is not direct. Let's start with колоть. It has two major meanings – to chop (when talking about wood), and to prick. The word кол ...
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