Wednesday, 1 October 2008

nomen est omen

Nomen est omen

After 5 years traveling to Lithuania I just realize a great feature in their language.

They distinguise in the family name 3 forms, males. Female married and female single.

While german and english don't change the family name according to the sex..

E.g. englsih
Mr. And Mrs. Smith

Russian for example has the difference between the gender:
Mr. Ivanov and Mrs. Ivanova

But Lithuaniasn distinguished in between 3 forms:

Mr. Rimdeikas, Mrs. Rimdeikene (male, married) and Mrs. Rimdekeite (fenla, unmarried).

This is fantastic, just imagine a meeting where the business card tells you her status. Or even better, a conference/exhibition where already the name tage tells you how to allocate resources ;)

How is it in latin, as that Lithuanian has here strong influences

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This blog is a close up on Russia and the CIS. I am not giving you the big picture.
I would anyway fail. I am too long here. So beauty & decay,
education & corruption, high culture & kafka-style administration are meanwhile normal for me.
So this blog is like a painting from from Roy Lichtenstein... when you are with your nose on it :) You will just see the dots, not gaining any understanding of the whole.

Most things will look strange in this blog. But you can be sure, I would not live here, if there would not be a lot of great things here. Unfortunately, the weired stories are more interesting to tell & read.
Don’t judge Russia on this blog, if you want to know the country, come over and take a look by your own.