Monday, May 16, 2016

Russian Goat Named After Obama

This story comes via the New York Post, from NBC News, according to whom:
 A Russian safari park has adopted a black goat named "Obama," calling the newest addition to their menagerie a "rare, exotic animal."
"Goat" in Russian is an insult used for obtuse, obstinate and headstrong people.
The Primorsky Safari Park obtained the animal from a farmer in Sochi who had named it after the U.S. president.
Perhaps an American zoo can respond in kind by naming an animal after Putin.  Read the full story.

I've also recently run across a story from The Moscow Times, which reports that in Tatarstan, an autonomous region in Russia, Obamka ice cream has gone on sale.  Since Slavic language nouns form diminutives by adding a suffix which includes the letter "k", the name "Obamka" translates as "Little Obama".

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