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13:00 Oct 3, 2004
Russian to English translations [Non-PRO] Linguistics
Russian term or phrase:курва
I am asking this question after reading Sergei Tumanov's hilarious post http://www.proz.com/topic/25256 about the naval officer reporting the loss of a stopwatch and other equipment overboard. It appears that the Not-So-Able Seaman Kurva lived up to his name, but I have been unable to find out what his name means. Can anyone tell me?
Explanation: Literally it's a "whore", but usually the word is used as an exclamation
... "o kurwa" means more- less "oh, shit", maybe "o kurwa" is a little stronger....
If you have any questions about polish language (also swears), let me know. ...
There were several very similar answers, but Yuri explained to me most clearly how the expression is used, so I am awarding the points to him. Thank you all. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Jack, as a matter of fact, each person can be referred to as "kurwa", irrespective of one"s gender. And not only the person: I would emphasize, this word is used mainly as an interjection, like the "famous" Russian slang word "blin":)