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    и как в воду глядел

    Please explain. Does this mean: having a puzzled, or joyful, or curiously expression, on one's face?
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    Re: и как в воду глядел

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Please explain. Does this mean: having a puzzled, or joyful, or curiously expression, on one's face?
    Here, it means - predicted the outcome correctly; as if he had a crystal ball.
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    "Как в воду глядеть" means to know smth beforehand, to foreknow, to foresee.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Since we're on the subject, what about:
    "ни фига себе"

    Means something like "excellent"; but why? Literally it should mean: "he does not have a fig"; so why is this good. Now Fig Newtons are good! Do Russians have Fig Newtons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Since we're on the subject, what about:
    "ни фига себе"

    Means something like "excellent"; but why? Literally it should mean: "he does not have a fig"; so why is this good. Now Fig Newtons are good! Do Russians have Fig Newtons?
    It depends on the context but usually, it has a surprise element.
    Like,
    How about that?
    No sh!t?
    Are you kidding me?
    etc.
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Since we're on the subject, what about:
    "ни фига себе"

    Means something like "excellent"; but why? Literally it should mean: "he does not have a fig"; so why is this good. Now Fig Newtons are good! Do Russians have Fig Newtons?
    1. "Ни фига себе!" = "Ничего себе!" = "Wow!"
    2. "Ни фига себе заявочка!" = "No!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Literally it should mean: "he does not have a fig"
    "What a fig!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowik
    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Literally it should mean: "he does not have a fig"
    "What a fig!"
    Nobody says that
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowik
    "Ни фига себе заявочка!" = "No!"
    I don't think so.
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