Results 1 to 5 of 5
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By alexsms

Thread: Make sense of this, I don't totally get it.

  1. #1
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Posts
    34
    Rep Power
    6

    Make sense of this, I don't totally get it.

    Она была модисткой,
    И вышивала гладью.
    Потом пошла на Невский,
    И стала б...

    I think there is supposed to be some reference to prostitution, but I just don't get it.
    Can anybody make sense of this? Also can you comment on the other, similar, "ditty"s that exist along the
    lines of this? They are similar, but is this something along the lines of the American "There once was a girl from Nantucket.." type
    of dittys.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Властелин wanja's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Russia,Obninsk
    Posts
    1,335
    Rep Power
    13
    Семь бед, один Reset

  3. #3
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Moscow, Russia
    Posts
    177
    Rep Power
    8
    yes this is a game with words..
    In the last record there isn't word "блядь" but there is a reference
    to this word: "б...." because of "блядь" is dirty language...

    And also the situation says that you need choose a word with ending like in гладью - but with the first Б.. - Бладью it's near with блЯдью

  4. #4
    Властелин
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Russia
    Posts
    1,038
    Rep Power
    21
    Let me humbly proffer my translation ))

    Once there was a milliner 
    Whose stitches were adored. 
    But one day she took to Nevsky
    And became a wh...

    Nevsky is short for Nevsky Prospekt (Nevsky Avenue) in the city of St.Petersburg, which is the main thoroughfare in the city lying on the Neva river and pierced by innumerable canals, hence the name 'Nevsky'. 
    Ramil likes this.

  5. #5
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Posts
    34
    Rep Power
    6
    Thank you so much. This is from a book I'm reading about St. Petersburg. I spent a couple weeks there this summer and in order to make the experience last I found several in-depth books about theplace. I believe I am seeing a plethora of short ditties like this, so I'm starting to conclude they are like our "There once was a girl from Nantucket...." rhymes which get recycled and reformulated.
    You have a poetic talent I see,
    thanks again

Similar Threads

  1. Does this make sense without translating back into Russian?
    By vox05 in forum Learn English - Грамматика, переводы, словарный запас
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: November 18th, 2009, 04:57 AM
  2. Does this paragraph make any sense....?
    By Niamh in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: November 15th, 2008, 06:48 AM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: April 10th, 2006, 09:32 AM
  4. does this make sense
    By basurero in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: January 2nd, 2006, 01:24 PM
  5. Does this make sense?
    By saibot in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: July 28th, 2005, 04:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary