On Wednesday, during the bike ride home from downtown San Diego, I encountered a rather unruly motorist whom I confronted. As his demeanor seemed to indicate, the driver was none too enthusiastic about my appraisals of his driving.
I too was not amused.
With that in mind, here is the second installment of Pejorative Pie. This week, I bring you more raillery from Russian literature. Here’s my favorite accusatory verbal abuse from Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago:
to “meddle” is to involve yourself in affairs that don’t concern you–I’ll let you fill in the rest
a cat with a skin disease that causes itching and hair loss
a stupid, rude and ignorant person
Astrakhan is a city in southern “European” Russia, located on the Volga River
the Russian revolution started with an uprising among sailors in the Baltic fleet called petrels–this is also a reference to Maxim Gorky’s story “The Song of the Stormy Petrel“
a bad or cruel person; a type of small insect
CAT IN HEAT
a cat in heat…
an amateur who habitually makes a mess of things
an invented term to satirize the corrupt and difficult nature of the commissar system in Russia during this time
I hope this was as fun for you as it was for me. If not, well, you can go ahead and shove it.
SOURCE: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Pantheon edition translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari)
REFERENCE: Merriam Webster Dictionary