The other day I was looking for the Russian dub of Cars on VK, and in Russian the title is Тачки, which means “wheelbarrows.” Which made me kinda curious. So I asked a Russian language group I’m in what the etymology of the slang was, and like… under what circumstances it can translate as “car” instead of “wheelbarrow.”
There was some back and forth about it, in the sense that it’s like “jalopy” but with an ironic vs. negative connotation. Or that it’s for cool cars–cars that are SO COOL you can call them wheelbarrows and it ain’t no thang because they’re too cool to crumble under the insult.
Finally someone just posted a Google Images search and was like “THESE ARE THE CARS THAT IT MEANS” and look at these ridiculous fools who pop up in the company of actual wheelbarrow cars. XD
I feel like this Google Search freaking outed me, man. Like, I tried to casually pose an etymological question to a college-level Russian language group without letting on I was talking about Cars, and Lightning McQueen’s just like “HELLO HI I HEARD YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ME? YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ME, RIGHT. KACHOW!”
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