Where is your G?

Or

“There is no point in blogging if you are a блоггер”

where is your G

Русская версия. By the way “Русская версия” stands for “awesome content” in English.

Human beings as sensible creatures wanted to express their emotions, feelings and thoughts long before they knew they had it. The appearance of writing has placed in our hands a powerful tool. People have started to write. And with the emergence of first words the first mistakes show up.

And where else can you find mistakes if not on blogs?

In English, the only correct spelling of the word “blogger” is “blogger”. There is no doubt about it. But, a long time ago, when the plague called “blogging” made its way to Russia, two bunches of bloggers appeared. One group called themselves “блогеры” with one “g” (“г”), knowing that similar foreign words adopted to the Russian language from other languages don’t have any double letters. Others rebelled against such discrimination, “Am I worse than foreign bloggers? Why do Americans have more “g” than I? Fair dos!” And they called themselves “блоггеры” with double “g”.

The two groups have long argued. But lengthy arguments like everything good always come to an end.

In May 2014, the first Federal law about blogging has been implemented in Russia. Under the new law, blogger is a person who publishes open access information on a personal webpage.

Urban dictionary gives a slightly different definition.

blogger eng

In Russia as you may know everything is strictly controlled by the government. Official documents should be written according to formal literary standards. Laws and regulations don’t contain any spelling mistakes. So if the law says “блогер” with one “g”, you should obey. Otherwise, the government may take punitive measures against those who like to add another G where it’s not needed.

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who have read the Russian version first. I appreciate it. Maybe my translation is not much better than Google translator’s one but your karma is definitely lighter now.  

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15 thoughts on “Where is your G?

    • I say the same first. Then I say, “hmm”. Do you know what they do with blogger’s disobedience? They block their personal page for 30 days. I won’t be able to write a post about my punishment! A month later, it will become irrelevant.

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  1. Your translation is infinitely more understandable than Google’s. What isn’t understandable is why a bunch of grown men would take the time to legislate the spelling of a word. I thought only the French held such notions. Carry on with wild abandon!!

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    • Actually they didn’t legislate the spelling. They just officially admitted that bloggers existed in Russia. Before 2014 they’ve been trying not to notice them. As a blogger, I was born in 2015. So I was legal from the start =)
      And if the spelling of a word is controversial question, we should write it as it was written by the law.

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    • Misspelling is not a sin. They just condemn those bloggers and shake their heads in scorn.
      Those who will publish restricted information or naughty words will be blocked for one month.

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  2. This is great Marta! Did you know that the Object Model Group (OMG) has defined an international standard for use of the English language? Since it’s an international standard (law), all participating countries in the international use of English have agreed to use the standard. However, it is a complex standard that requires very intellectual people to convert the standard to other languages so it can be read by non English speaking intellectuals in their native language thus making it an international standard for each of the languages it is converted to. Very sneaky, don’t you think? So, you can now develop perfect English sentences in the Russian language. Now, if you use naughty language properly, it’s not a sin nor a violation of the new Russian law on the use of English written in Russian. I hope this comment doesn’t get you blocked. 😀

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