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November 4, 2008
How do you say dummy in Russian?

I opened a letter from Wiley, my publisher for Knitting in the Sun and also the publisher of Knitting Patterns for Dummies. I had assumed that it was something about the former since that's what's consuming most of my time and brain space these days. Turns out that the letter was to inform me that there are plans to translate Knitting Patterns for Dummies into Russian! How cool is that?

05:18 PM | Comments (3)

Funny!! I wonder how they say knitting!!Idiot is almost the same: EE-dyot.

I LOOKED it up: Вязание для чайников

Vyazaneeya dlya Chaineekov

It is very interesting. Russians do not like to admit that they do not understand something or it is difficult for them. Any translation of the word dummies leads to a problem I am interested to see what they will come up with.

In Russian, the better and more acurate word is Durak (pronounced Doo-Rack) which means fool or jester.
I lived in Russia for quite a while and never heard anyone say "Ee-dyot" to describe a dumb behavior only Durak or Tupoy (2 meanings - 1) Stupid 2) Blunted).