[watch the gif while listening to this tune for fuller effect] ➜
I used the word poshlost (poshlost’) in my posts a few times. For example:
There are specific (‘untranslatable’) Russian words/terms which have a mild mind altering effect on foreigners interested in dissecting the ‘zagadochnaya Russkaya dusha‘ – mysterious Russian soul. Vladimir Nabokov popularized the term ‘poshlost’‘ (in the form of ‘poshlust’) which imho perfectly describes this Western (quasi)colonial sentiment. When these words are said/read/etc. suddenly vodka drinking bears in ushankas with balalaikas start rotating around a Russia-curious person’s head.
Of course, self-quoting is a form of poshlost along with klyukvification (cranberrization). This gif file which I made can be considered ‘poshlost’ as well. In fact, our everyday life is stuffed with poshlost like a Christmas turkey (what a poshly comparison!). Thus, I’ve decided to create the poshlost category on Russian Universe. Just (not) to get lost in (posh)lost.