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Europe/Russia : A Couple of Inexplicables

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Guthrum
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21 Jan 2016
04:48:23am
That feeling when among billions of internet users not one seems to know what you're talking about? That.

Here's an MS:

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Just below the '50' that СОВТСКОГО should of course read СОВEТСКОГО, as I'm sure you all spotted! It's in the catalogues, but what no-one seems to know is why it has never been satisfactorily explained. How long did it take before sharp-eyed Tajik inspectors spotted the mistake? Was a corrected MS (there is one) rushed out the same day? How come the designer held his job? (He did.) Gibbons can only say "approximately 3/5 of the issue had the spelling error", which is an entirely useless comment. Perhaps you can tell me what it implies?

The second inexplicable may feature a spelling error, or not, as my Uzbek is a bit rusty... It concerns the word at the bottom of this MS:

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FALABANING. Yes, falabaning. I've got the other word, YILLIGI (anniversary), but no online translation can manage Falabaning. I've tried inputting victory, fiftieth, peace, armistice and so forth, to no avail. To all our Uzbek-speaking members - can you help!

I know SOR can succeed where billions have failed!




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Jansimon
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21 Jan 2016
05:06:49am

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Does the letter F exist in cyrillic? Could it be a misprinted cyrillic G instead?

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Guthrum
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21 Jan 2016
06:04:14am
re: A Couple of Inexplicables

Almost right! It turns out to be a G with an apostrophe! Meaning victory. It didn't come up as g'alabaning when I inputted victory earlier today, but there you go. Many thanks for your suggestion.

I'd assumed that Uzbeks had discarded the Greek/Cyrillic 'ph' symbol for a Latin F, rather as Bulgarians have a Latin 'i' rather than the Cyrillic reversed N.

One down, one to go!

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Jansimon
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21 Jan 2016
06:13:40am

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when I input g'alabaning into google translate it says "the victory". Perhaps this definite article made the difference. No idea how the Uzbek language works.

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nigelc
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21 Jan 2016
01:58:47pm
re: A Couple of Inexplicables

According to Wikipedia the letter is Ғ (lower-case ғ) with the middle line crossing the upright in the Uzbek Cyrillic alphabet and Gʻ (lower-case gʻ) with an inverted aphostrophe in the Uzbek Latin alphabet. It has the IPA sound /ʁ/ which sounds like a French "r". Happy

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