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    "When it's free..."

    An old friend of mine once told me about a Russian saying that went something like.... "When it's free, the vinegar tastes like sugar."


    Anyone familiar with that? Can someone spell it out phonetically for me?

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    Да, шутили: "За бесплатно и уксус сладкий.".
    Фонетически пусть кто-то другой напишет.
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    На халяву и уксус сладкий.
    Na halyavu i uksus sladkiy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleep
    Na halyavu i uksus sladkiy.

    that's it!

    that's what he used to say.

    Thanks!

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    I suggest modern version of this proverb
    За чужой счет пьют даже трезвенники и язвенники.
    Actually it's a quote from a movie.
    Единственное, что люди любят давать бесплатно - это советы.

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    Меня особенно умиляет реклама в стиле

    Buy <five boxes of some sh*t> and receive a free gift

    Doesn't the word 'gift' strongly imply that it has to be free ( or otherwise it's not a gift at all )? What's the point of adding 'free' then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenisM
    Doesn't the word 'gift' strongly imply that it has to be free ( or otherwise it's not a gift at all )? What's the point of adding 'free' then?
    You're right . A gift is something that's freely given. I've wondered about that myself - it was probably just some half-educated businessman's ploy to attract more customers. And when it worked, everybody copied him. Hey - business is business, who cares about proper word usage , right??
    P.S. - Исправление ошибок в моих текстах на русском всегда приветствуется

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    Русский вариант такой чуши выглядит следующим образом:

    Пришли пять крышечек от напитка <...> и получи майку с надписью "ЛОХ".

    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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