I am addicted to Russian dash-cam videos on youtube (do they even have a drivers exam in Russia?). There is one word or phrase which crops up again and again, usually after a crash and to my untrained ears sounds something like “bulyaach!”. There is a very clear example towards the end of this video at about 6:10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RntpaSbT3ss&list=UUM9cQAlZrrkJZkx7iloRN9Q. Any Russian speakers?
It’s probably Russian for “look, a wreck and we’re the first ones here!”
I think what you’re hearing is blyad’ (which is pronounced more like blyat, and often in a drawn-out way - blyaaaaat - as on these tapes). It means “whore,” but in this context is pretty much the equivalent of saying “fuck.”
Well, if we’re going “there,” I’ve wondered for some time about a moment in the 2nd “Jason Bourne” movie (Bourne Supremacy), filmed in Moscow, in which a cab driver whom I took to be a native Russian speaker told Bourne to get away from his cab, addressing him as “boo-REAL” (as I understood it). I think I know what this means, but maybe we can get a confirmation and a Cyrillic spelling. Purely educational, of course.
Those dash cam videos are fun to watch aren’t they? Everything from mundane fender benders to total destruction.
What stands out for me is:
- Shitty driving habits, like making a left hand turn from the far right lane.
- Driving waayyy too fast for the road conditions.
- Really unsafe, non-roadworthy trucks.
And let’s not forget
- Overtaking when blowing snow reduces the visibility to about 20ft. :eek:
The one here at 3:31 is a bit extreme even for Russia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8_PidK9jmM
If dashcams were as universal in the USA as in Russia, the American dashcam compilation would be just as amazing/amusing, and the accompanying soundtracks just as profane…