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The Russians Are at It Again

What language, other than English, is visibly ALL UPPERCASE in this "I voted" sticker I just got here in L.A.?


UPDATE: Wait, I missed the most important part!

The Russian "играл" means "played," and "проиграл" means "lost." (True fact.) The Russian "голосовал" means "voted," so "проголосовал" means ....

A secret message?

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  • Bill Poser||

    You can almost infer that this comes from California by the selection of languages. That is probably the only place outside of Armenia where the Armenian community is large enough to warrant Armenian on such a sticker.

  • Sevo||

    "What language, other than English, is visibly ALL UPPERCASE in this "I voted" sticker I just got here in L.A.?"
    Not sure about Chinese, Korean, Japanese and several south-east Asian languages, but HRC's idiot followers damn those Russkis!

  • CrispyBacon||

    I don't get it!

    The questions seems to be what the prefix(?) "[pro]" means. I don't understand the significance of "[igral]"/'"played," and "[proitral]"/"lost."

  • Eugene Volokh||

    Well, as you might gather, it's a joke -- "pro-" isn't always (or even usually) a negative prefix, so the igral/played turning into proigral/lost is unusual. The Wiktionary entry,про-, seems about right, and I think the progolosoval (voted) an example of meaning 5, "describing a momentary action with a short duration" -- golosoval means voted in the past, while progolosoval, I think, means just voted at a specific election.

    It's like the old English joke that, if "pro-" is the opposite of "con-," "Congress" must be the opposite of "progress." (Or "prostitution" must be the opposite of "constitution"?)

  • BigHands||

    Looks like:
    Chinese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Japanese (not sure which flavor), Khmer and Thai.

  • Jason Dawes the Elder||

    Hindi, not Sanskrit. The latter is pretty much a dead language. Same devanagari script, though.

  • BigHands||

    "Hindi, not Sanskrit."

    Yes, fingers moving faster than brain. I stand corrected.

  • Daniel R. Grayson||

    No, "про-" is a rather generic prefix often used for converting imperfective verbs to perfective form. In this case, it converts "was voting" to "voted". Seeпроголосовать


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