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Anatoly Vorobey

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wherein we develop a linguistic turn [апр. 1, 2008|09:22 pm]
Anatoly Vorobey
From this post on, this journal is English-only.

Sorry folks, and I know this must seem abrupt, but I've just had it up to here with the Russian blogosphere and all its histrionics. It's like one bad trip after another, with the deafening roar of "yandex top" dumbing down everything in sight. Drama queens, crazy people, flame wars about less than nothing - I can only take so much of this bullshit, and seven years seems as good a point to stop as any other. Seven years of this crap, I can't believe I made it that long. I've been struggling to write in Russian anyway, it doesn't come naturally to me. English is actually my native language - I grew up in Ukraine, but my folks come from Worcestershire and we've always spoken the Queen's English at home. It's a long story... like, take my last name, "Vorobey"? - that's just the best my dad could come up with in Russian that sounded anything like his ancestral name of Warraughby. My spoken Russian is just terrible - accent so thick even people who have known me for years have trouble understanding what I'm saying. So I've been thinking, you know, what's the point of all this pretending? And guess what, there isn't any. So I'm calling it quits.

Please comment in English, Russian comments will get deleted and their authors banned.
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[User Picture]From: aneta
2008-04-01 06:54 pm none (UTC)
nice joke :)
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[User Picture]From: inka
2008-04-01 06:54 pm none (UTC)
up till "English is acually my native language", I bought it
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 06:57 pm none (UTC)
Damn, I knew no one will believe me. That's the price you pay for pretending for so long. You know, some days I kinda have trouble believing it myself?
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 06:57 pm none (UTC)
That's the spirit!
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[User Picture]From: _navi_
2008-04-01 06:54 pm none (UTC)
Will read you either way, keep up posting!
Oh, and extra thanks for the programming puzzles.
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 06:59 pm none (UTC)
Thanks! I'll definitely keep posting. In fact, now that I can write in English and don't have to look up every second word in the damn dictionary, I'll probably post more often too. It's been too much of a chore for way too long.
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From: ex_gavarun
2008-04-01 06:54 pm none (UTC)
oh, third time today
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[User Picture]From: uncle_becher
2008-04-01 06:55 pm none (UTC)
Hello, this is Albanian virus. Please start using my language ASAP.
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[User Picture]From: shabunc
2008-04-01 06:56 pm none (UTC)
Итс симс ту ми зэт фёрст эйприл хэз бин олреди (хм, хау ит воз, хау ит воз) пассд.
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[User Picture]From: savanda
2008-04-01 07:01 pm none (UTC)
Нот йет.
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[User Picture]From: vladius_osso
2008-04-01 06:57 pm none (UTC)
Proudly the 1st to comment in English.
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[User Picture]From: vladius_osso
2008-04-01 06:59 pm none (UTC)

Update

Top 10 and nothing else matters.
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From: ex_stormshi
2008-04-01 06:57 pm none (UTC)
your profile is still in Russian
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 07:06 pm none (UTC)
Oh, I'll get to fixing that soon. I've been so excited over finally reaching a decision, I couldn't think of anything else until I posted here.
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From: pronn
2008-04-01 06:57 pm none (UTC)
Auf Deutsch zu kommentieren ist ab heute auch verboten?)
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-04-01 06:58 pm none (UTC)

Sour cream or Worcestershire sauce

I bet you also prefer Worcestershire sauce over Sour cream...
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 07:14 pm none (UTC)

Re: Sour cream or Worcestershire sauce

I hate that Worcestershire sauce crap. It's a cheap Johnny-come-lately knockoff someone's inflicted on our land in the 19th century. Well guess what, I can trace my ancestry at least back to the 12th century Warraughbys, do you think I'd care about the stupid sauce?
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[User Picture]From: angerona
2008-04-01 07:01 pm none (UTC)
I think you mean "deafening roar," not "defeaning roar" (whatever that is).
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 07:02 pm none (UTC)
yeah, what a silly typo! Thanks, fixed.
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[User Picture]From: blades_of_grass
2008-04-01 07:02 pm none (UTC)
I was told that by tradition April Fool jokes should only be perpetrated until the noon of April Fool day. I guess the rule does make sense: no one wants pranks during lunch anyway - too serious a matter for the descendants of hobbits - and after lunch everyone has something to do.

But whatever, man, I say. If it's a good one.
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[User Picture]From: kutuz_off
2008-04-01 07:05 pm none (UTC)
Googling for "Warraughby" results only in this entry. You might as well become Russian, since you have no ancestral history to preserve.
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 07:07 pm none (UTC)
Hey, guess what company I work for!
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[User Picture]From: oxfv
2008-04-01 07:08 pm none (UTC)
I don't seem to see you switching your english-only standalone blog to Russian - when is it coming?

On a related note, I suggest you switch your blog to green color font, to support Google's energy-saving initiatives. Switching to English as a better character-compact language then Russian is a applaudable first step in that direction.
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[User Picture]From: kitp
2008-04-01 07:10 pm none (UTC)
לא מצחיק
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[User Picture]From: mariasokolova
2008-04-01 07:11 pm none (UTC)
Shame, shame, shame on you for betraying your native land. To hell with Ukraine, its very name means "outskirts" in Russian, but you probably don't know that, you English speaker. Fine, ban me. At least I was honest.
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[User Picture]From: Sandy [idproxy.net]
2008-04-02 04:15 pm none (UTC)
You just don't know the last Russian discovery about Ukraine. From now it means not "outskirts" but "stealing", because they still Russian gas!
Dokolie?!
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[User Picture]From: yan
2008-04-01 07:12 pm none (UTC)
сори ай кинот тайп ин инглиш, ноу инглиш леттерз он май киборд хи -- ват сот овинглиш дей спик ин квинс?!
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From: ex_stormshi
2008-04-01 07:15 pm none (UTC)
just copy-paste letters one by one, that's what I do, and it works fine
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[User Picture]From: yucca
2008-04-01 07:14 pm none (UTC)
I suspect your ancestors actually came from a small community of Vorro Bay in California.
Anyway, this will be a nice challenge - translating the original verse "Что мы знаем о лисе?..." into English.
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[User Picture]From: oxfv
2008-04-01 08:14 pm none (UTC)
What do we know of chess?
Nothing, and some even less.
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[User Picture]From: volgar
2008-04-01 07:14 pm none (UTC)
Huh! It's actually very close to my linguistic turn (http://volgar.livejournal.com/100212.html).
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[User Picture]From: a7sharp9
2008-04-01 07:16 pm none (UTC)
Props to ya, mon. Tak's courage t' do what you done. I still got a lon' way t' go ta reclaim in me heart the proud colours of the MacCaskill clan.
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[User Picture]From: avva
2008-04-01 07:20 pm none (UTC)
Just get to it, dude. Take my word for it... the truth shall set you free.
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[User Picture]From: mme_n_b
2008-04-01 07:16 pm none (UTC)
And a happy April Fool's day to you!
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[User Picture]From: orleanz
2008-04-01 07:18 pm none (UTC)
that's a good one
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[User Picture]From: dimrub
2008-04-01 07:22 pm none (UTC)
As I said, third time's a charm. This one is by far the best out of the three :).
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[User Picture]From: elenat
2008-04-01 07:29 pm none (UTC)
:)
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