Miz Daisy Cutter (ms_daisy_cutter) wrote in linguaphiles,
Miz Daisy Cutter

Language-geek chuckle of the morning

Russian speakers (of which I am not one) will already know this, but per Wiki:
In addition to being an abbreviation for "network", "net" is also a romanisation of the Russian word нет ("no" or "not", also commonly romanised as the more acoustically appropriate "nyet"), and a domain name like "object.net" can be interpreted as "there is no object". Some domains exploit this pun, for example mozga.net (brain absent)...
BTW, for etymology buffs who didn't know, mozga is a distant cognate of the English word marrow. Discussion here.
Tags: etymology, russian

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