Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hijacking Katyusha

I bet few people know that the word Katyusha is a diminutive for Katya which in itself is a diminutive for Yekaterina, the Russian version of the name Catherine. Russian has a way of making diminutives out of diminutives ad infinitum (much to the chargrin of non-native speakers)

"Katyusha" was the name that Soviet soldiers named the mobile rocket launchers that were very instrumental in turning the tide of the Eastern Front in WWII and helped defeat the Nazi invaders. They named it after a popular wartime song about a girl who is pledging her love and faithfulness to her love who is far away defending her country. It was a name symbolic of love, and hope, and defending your country against a terrible enemy.

Now, these bastards have hijacked the name to use it for their genicidal goals and whenever I hear it, I have to reprogram the way my mind responds to the name.



Blogger shlemazl said...

Right. I am with you on this one :-)

July 16, 2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why people so love to hate Israel and the Jews?

I visited Pravda English main forum and saw that astonishing hate. Examples:

And many more of that pure Anti Semitism stuff...

Spread that information in Israeli Net and let people come there for studying the enemy and writing the truth and confront those haters.


Keep strong!

Abe Bird (Brussles)

July 18, 2006 12:20 AM  
Blogger Stevin said...

Interesting. We must thank Islam for again taking something beautiful, and making it ugly.

July 18, 2006 3:05 PM  
Blogger dbs said...

At least 'Molotov Cocktail' was always a bit yucky. (Actually, I'm not sure that term is used in Russia.)

July 23, 2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


"Molotov cocktail" was definitely not the term used in Russia. The term was coined by the Finnish resistence in the Russo-Finnish war in the late 1930s. Molotov, the Soviet foreign minister, also known as "Mr Iron Pants", once claimed that the Soviets were dropping food packages and not bombs over Finland.

July 24, 2006 8:02 AM  
Blogger dbs said...

Yes. Molotov was perhaps the ultimate symbol (to the west?) of cynical diplomacy and dupliciousness. (of course, Stalin was his boss, so I don't think that Kofi Annan would have gotten the job. hmmm, but Condi...)

July 25, 2006 10:06 PM  

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