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Russian Mat as a Russian Culture?
« on: December 23, 2009, 09:58:59 AM »
Mat (Russian: мат, матерщи́на, ма́терный язы́к) is an obscene patois language used in Russian and other Slavic language communities. Considered to be the strongest form of profanity, mat is censored in the media and use of mat in public constitutes a form of disorderly conduct and punishable.
Despite the public ban, mat is used by Russians of all ages and in all social groups, with particular fervor in male-dominated military and the structurally similar social strata.
The origins of mat are lost in the mists of time.
It is commonly believed that the name mat derives from мать (Romanisation: mat'), the Russian word for "mother". The term might rather come from a word meaning "loud yell", which is now used in only a few expressions such as благим матом.
The use of mat is widespread, especially in the army, the criminal world, and many other all-male milieus.
That mat belongs to the ancient layers of the Russian language (the first written mat words date to Middle Ages[7]). It was first introduced into literature in the 18th century by the poet Ivan Barkov, whose poetry, combining lofty lyrics with brutally obscene words, may be regarded as a forerunner of Russian literary parody.
Then Mikhail Lermontov ("A Holiday in Peterhof" - "Петергофский праздник", 1834)

And so, I will not pay you
However, if you are a simple blyad'
You should consider it an honour
To be acquainted with the cadet's khuy!
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see also:
Leningrad, a Russian ska/punk band famous for its vulgar lyrics

Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград) were a Russian ska punk band from Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad).

The band appeared in the late 1990s around singer Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov. They soon became famous for their vulgar lyrics containing Russian mat, the main reason they were avoided by most radio stations at first. But this did not stop their growing popularity. As Shnurov said himself: "Our songs are just about the good sides of life, vodka and girls that is."