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    Tattoo translation

    I was wondering if anyone can translate the text in this tattoo print. I've used Google Translate, but it gives the literal translation of each word, and I'm pretty the true meaning on the text gets lost in translation. I included below the tattoo in question.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Well, this tattoo is really hard to interpret, mostly because there are two ambiguous words there.

    The first is сук, which is a plural of сука and which is a cuss word
    It can mean a slut or a bitch, but it can be also said to anyone, be it a man or a woman, who was villainous to you, especially someone who intentionally let you down when you most needed their help or support.
    The second one is мир, which can be taken as peace or world.

    So let me try to translate the tattoo's text relying on what I've explained.

    Kill all potential "let-you-downs", snitches and rat bastards.

    Then finally, there will be peace.


    But it's kind of rough translation though.

    Maybe someone would come up with a better interpretation.
    I do not claim that my opinion is absolutely true.
    If you've spotted any mistake in my English, please, correct it. I want to be aware of any mistakes to efficiently eliminate them before they become a habit.

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    Thanks a lot.

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    That contains heavy criminal slang and visual idiomatics. One should be a specialist in criminal ideology to interpret all nuances.

    "Kill traitors (those who was a criminal but agreed to take any position from authorities), snitches, those who steal from fellow criminals"

    "МИР" literally "peace" is actually an acronym of «Меня исправит расстрел» = "only the death penalty execution will correct me".

    This kind of tattoo in a soviet prison was like an obligation of the most implacable behavior.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    It was a refreshing change to see a "tattoo translation" thread in which someone wanted a RUSSIAN tattoo translated into ENGLISH!

    Usually it's like, "How do you write I am the Kwisatz Haderach* in Russian? I'm thinking about getting it tattooed on my face but I'm trying to decide between Cyrillic, Arabic, or Chinese characters, none of which I can actually read."

    * Answer: "Backwards-R, dash, Kwisatz Haderach". See how simple Russian is?

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    You do not have to place dash here. Я кто-то там. Он не кто-то там....
    Кстати, не думаю, что многие знают кто это такие.

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    You need a dash if you intend to stress that you are really Kwisatz Haderach, John Smith etc, not someone else. A dash here resembles the article "the".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G. View Post
    You need a dash if you intend to stress that you are really Kwisatz Haderach, John Smith etc, not someone else. A dash here resembles the article "the".
    Aha, thanks. (But in the science fiction novel Dune, Kwisatz Haderach is a title, not a name, and basically means "Messiah" or "Anointed Chosen One" -- i.e, there is only one, and so it takes "the" in English.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throbert McGee View Post
    (But in the science fiction novel Dune, Kwisatz Haderach is a title, not a name, and basically means "Messiah" or "Anointed Chosen One" -- i.e, there is only one, and so it takes "the" in English.)
    Thank you. Well, I've read it many years ago in Russian. Thus I forgot some important things about this amazing novel.
    Anyway, it concerns not only names, of course. Я - мессия! Я - избранный!

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