Saturday, September 8, 2012

Russian idioms about cats =^.^=

  In the Russian language we have quite a few idioms featuring cats. Either we adore cats a bit too much or Russian simply is a rich language ;). Below are a few pretty common Russian cat idioms.

  • жить как кошка с собакой - «to live like a cat and a dog» - to constantly argue and fight, a cat-and-dog life; can be shortened to как кошка с собакой to describe someone's relationship
  • как кот наплакал - «as little as a cat wept» - very little
  • кошки на душе скребут - «cats are scratching one's soul» - to worry; can also be about one's heart: кошки на сердце скребут
  • доброе слово и кошке приятно - «a kind word is pleasant for a cat too»
  • кот в мешке - «a cat in a sack» - something you buy without knowing much about its quality or usefulness; pig in a poke
  • (идти) коту под хвост - «(to go) under a cat's tail» - go to waste; in vain, down the drain
  • тянуть кота за хвост - «to pull a cat's tail» - to hesitate, to postpone
  • не всё коту масленица - «not all days are Maslenitsa* for a cat» - a good situation doesn't last forever.

*Maslenitsa is Pancake week in Russia. Pancakes are often served with sour cream which Russian cats like to eat :).


  1. It seems 'cat' is used as rather negative or useless meaning, doesn't it?


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