Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Soviet-Burgh

I suspect most have seen this because I know my friend Mike M.'s blog Pittsblog has an order of magnitude more readers than I do. Nonetheless I feel obliged to point out his post today on the demise of the Mt. Lebanon focused Blog-Lebo. It's sad to think someone in town takes Joe McCarthy for a role model, but that seems to sum up the situation. That or this old Soviet joke:

Товарищ Рабинович, - говорит секретарь на заседаниипартбюро, - у вас есть мнение по этому вопросу?- У меня есть мнение, но я с ним не согласен!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris,

I had three years of undergrad Russian and never heard this joke. What a pity. I feel your Russian humor is lost on the local bloggers.

-Bruce

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 8:32:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

может быть. Truth is I had to look that up because my Russian is so atrophied. When I was an undergrad Steve Cohen, now at NYU I think, had his last Soviet Politics class devoted to Soviet jokes every year. It was a big event on campus with people coming from far and wide to listen in.

but this one goes:

'Comrade,' asks the secretary of the Party Bureau, 'Do you have an opinion on this question?'

'I have an opinion yes, but I don't agree with it!'

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Victor said...

To add to the above translation as a native speaker, may I add that the protagonist's name (Rabinovich) is a significant part of the joke as it implies that he's Jewish. And by defintion is paranoid of attaracting party attention for any reason.

And now to add a good anti-Semitic Soviet joke of my own:

старый еврей с сыном смотрят футбольный матч по телевизору.
- автор гола - Гершкович! - объявляет комментатор.
- и ты думаешь, они этот гол засчитают? - скептически говорит отец.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:14:00 PM  

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