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    жук

    Hi, I was with a bunch of russians and they kept referring to each other as жук. I assume it's slang for "buddy"? Or not?
    Call to a hardware store: "I'm sure you know more about the caulk than I do...tell me...is there a taste to the caulk?".

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    It's slang for "beetle"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alware
    It's slang for "beetle"
    It's literally a beetle and a slang for smth like swindler, but not really negative. You may call somebody a "жук" with a slight admiration, when that person managed to accomplish something tricky, if somewhat unappropriate.
    So in your case it's really may be translated as "buddy" - an affectional nickname among friends, some inner joke may be.

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    Жук = slang: sly, slick, shrewd, smooth (liar), sometimes greedy, mingy and everything together

    When a friend calls a friend жук it doesn't bear any negative meaning, but when that refers to some third person (which is not usually present at the moment) is can bear some negative overtones.
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