Last Names

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  1. Anonymous says:

    moscou geneva, texoing!, house!. ?.d

  2.  I sure had a laught and now I understand why they called me Mr. Atentamente jajajaajaja

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    she was right! sf

  5. Anonymous says:

    ive watched seven pounds this morning, felt teared a bit! isolée my himatic. sweet dreams!!!!!ssssss!*

  6. Anonymous says:

    im ok as well.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i like the sun on a sunday morning mc donalds

  8. Dan says:

    Now I understand why the women and men Russia have names that sound different. The patronymic has always baffled me on the Customs form and the mystery is solved. Thanks Marina.

  9. wordreet says:

    Thanks Marina, you just turned me into a Johnson! :oops: :lol:

  10. Dexter and cat says:

    WOW Marina that was awesome. I have a cat I named Ivanovich (after the scientist Mendeleiev, creator of the periodic table) and now I feel I know more about the meaning of his name thanks to you. :)

    Besides I have a fun story. Once I asked for a quotation on a chinease website (in english of course)and at the end of the message, the signature was “Atentamente Carlos Guillermo” (Kindfully Carlos Guillermo). The next day when I open my e-mail, I read the response and it started with “Dear Mr. Atentamente, we are pleased…..” I sure had a laught and now I understand why they called me Mr. Atentamente jajajaajaja

  11. Alexander says:

    If Petrovna is Daughter of Petr, does that mean that Anna Kournikova’s fathers name is Kournik?

    • Anonymous says:

      No. Anna Kournikova’s patronymic is Sergeevna. So, Anna Sergeevna Kournikova’s father’s name is Sergey. My name is Alexander Igorevich (patronymic) Kozlov, so my father’s name is Igor.

  12. pandion says:

    and speaking of names,

    Since you are a teacher, should we call you “Marina _____ using your middle name?
    or has this tradition died away with Russian teachers?

  13. handziol_86 says:

    You just sey my name xD :P

  14. skim285 says:

    The other day I was having a rough day and randomly blurted out, “You’re giving me agida”. I haven’t said that in years, but I know that you usually say it when someone gives you a headache or is frustrating you. I’m not sure of the correct spelling, but could you tell me what {agida} means?

  15. misskitty555 says:

    I have a question for the teacher!!!!
    Someone recently said that I go around with a “devil may care” attitude. So what does

    {devil may care}

    mean? Is it a bad thing?

  16. Hello HotForWords,

    Today I would like to request more information about the word


    I would be most grateful for your help.

  17. Stephen says:

    Hello Hotforwords chick

    I have two words i would like more clarity about 1 of them is civil and the other a little bit naughty.

    Firstly the word {abbreviation} How did this word originate and why in the name of all that is holy did they decide that making this particular word so darn long was a good idea?

    Secondly the naughty one. {shit} This word is used extremely commonly in my country and I can only assume most of the english speaking world however the origination of the word evades me. A recent Australian film named ‘Kenny’ suggests that this word came into existance on trans-atlantic shipping travels. In ‘Kenny’ (a comedic mocumentary of a portable toilet worker named kenny) the story states that during long expeditions they would store their excrement in boxes marked S.H.I.T. which stood for Store High In Transit. I find this hard to believe for the following reasons. First: To my better knowledge ships until recently (purhaps even still do) dumped human waste overboard into the ocean. In simpler times I believe this would be common practice, therefore this word being invented in older times seems unlikely and we all know this word has been around for a long time. Second: I have yet to see small connecting words used in such abbreviations. (eg. FBI, CSI, IRS, CIA and many more) None of the letters in these abbreviations are it, in, the, of, and etc. So to me it doesn’t make sense that the I in SHIT would stand for in.

    Thank you for reading and I look forward to finally getting some answers.
    Yours Sincerely

  18. Ken says:

    I’m not impressed with tantrums involving ‘bleep’ this or ‘blap’ that.

    Intelligence is sexy. A foul mouth is not.

  19. Ken says:

    I would like to request the phrase {Davy Jones locker}

  20. whatimeitis says:

    :shock: I just love [Mules] their the pitbull of the horse species. We plowed with mules back in the 1960′s on our 100 acre organic farm. They’re like little puppies. I would go to the store and buy them Giant Hershey Chocolate Bars. :lol:

    We had over 100 goats but never like these crazy goats :shock:

  21. barmar says:

    Marina, I’d like to request the origin of the word {bohemian}, when it’s used to refer to hip, artistic people. Is Bohemia a particularly artsy city?

  22. Austin Super Regional-Best of Three

    Game #1-TCU 3 to 2 — Game #2-UT 14 to 1

    Heading out for Game #3. Winner goes to Omaha/College World Series; loser has his season come to a screeching halt.

    As they say on the ranch, it’s nut-cuttin’ time! Hook ‘Em, ya’ll!

    (Marina, as much as I loathe the Lakers, I’ll root for them if you’ll cheer for The Horns on this one.) :grin:

  23. gravityboy says:

    What kind of dressing do you like… Russian or Italian?

  24. whatimeitis says:

    Unholy crap Batman, your a frick’in spammer selling spammed scam. :lol:

  25. viv craske says:


    Hey there, I can see you have a lot of this. I’m Viv Craske, aka The King Of Confidence. I’m on a mission to help 1 million people achieve their dreams, so that you can say ‘Yes I can!’ when you move towards your goals and come up against obstacles. But even though I teach confidence techniques to people I have no idea where the word comes from – please enlighten me…

  26. gravityboy says:

    If you ever have a fight with godaddy and want to lose them… How are you going to get them out of your videos?

    From the looks of it you have given them the best advertising spot in recent history.

    When you watch this video all a grown boy (and a lot of the L-words) can do is look at the godaddy logo because of the other stuff in close proximity (that general area there is really nice to view).

    It’s like a 6 minute commercial for them that will be seen by millions, that’s big bucks. I hope they are not taking advantage of you.

  27. PaparazziKid says:

    Excuse me, but what is the plugin for the “edit comments” and spell checker?

  28. Husai says:

    hi, i´d like to request the word “yankee”, where does it come from?
    thanks, you´re awesome

    • Evan Owen says:

      Nevermind, Marina, he’s just yankee’ng your chain! :razz:

      ¡Mejor que nos diga el origen de la palabra {gringo}! :mrgreen:

      Husai -- "yanking your chain" es un modismo que quiere decir algo como "tomarte el pelo" :smile:

  29. “Stuck in traffic”

    Just smile, wave and blow him kisses :mrgreen:
    That may not be how you feel, but it’ll
    confuse the sh*t out of him.

    “…trying to stay away from coffee”

    Good luck! There is no substitute…

    Drive Friendly :grin:

    • thematrix75 says:

      Very good advice Me Lika Do The Cha Cha .Marina had that posted in twitter chat about being stuck in traffic,but now it seems to have gone away,not there anymore?

  30. Love your vids! Can you do one explaining how a word becomes a word, and what makes a word lang. THANKS!

  31. Timbo says:

    I showed your videos to my friends at work. They were very impressed, but they were disappointed that you had not yet done a lesson on the origin of the word {masturbation}. I am not sure why they were suddenly curious about that word.

  32. James says:

    I am running out of ideas for videos, does anyone have anything that they want answered?

  33. iluv2cutfarts says:




  34. Evan Owen says:

    ***Word request: {Haphephobia}*** — the “morbid fear of being touched.” :shock:

    Maybe haphephobia is better than none. :mrgreen:

  35. James says:

    I am noticing more people called Marina lately, esp that girl from Marina and the diamonds.

  36. pedanticKarl says:

    pedanticKarl tweeted:
    If you are hot for soccer and FIFA #worldcup
    check out HotForWords

    • thematrix75 says:

      Hello pedanticKarl how are you doing?That was a good video by Marina about soccer/football.One very good question Marina brought up in the video.If England created the word soccer why don’t they use it?They still refer to the game as football.Thank you for your time.Have a good day and enjoy your soccer or is that football :lol:

      • pedanticKarl says:

        Great question thematrix75.
        I’ll get back to you later on that as I am watching the World Cup at the moment. Second half is starting now.
        In German, the word is Fußball. If you don’t have access to the special Eszett (ß) character, it would be Fussball.ß

      • pedanticKarl says:

        Hi thematrix75,
        Regarding the question, if the word soccer was coined in England, why don’t they use that term referring to what most people call football?

        The game of kicking a ball or other object had been around for a very long time. In medieval Europe, the term football was already in use, but the term “football” did not refer to someone kicking a ball with their foot. The term football literally meant someone playing with a ball while running on foot as opposed to being on horseback which is the way the aristocrats played with a ball.

        Later, in England, when the game became organized via the “Association Football” club, there was the tendency by schools to abbreviate words and in some cases use the abbreviations to refer to a sport. Some schools objected to the snobbery and preferred to stay with the word that made sense which is football, then referring to someone kicking a ball. So, there was a split, where some schools preferred to use soccer and others preferred to use the term football. The term football stuck in England and in the US it favored soccer as Marina pointed out in the video.

        The first reference to the term football referring to the ball was in 1486. In the figurative sense, the term football was first recorded 1532. In 1848, Cambridge created the rules which regulated the game of football and then in 1863 the term soccer was used by other schools in the US.

        By the way, the rest of the world does not use the term football as is commonly told. The word soccer is used in Canada, Australia, Ireland and many other places around the world. Other terms such as kick ball and other terms are used in many other countries.

  37. pedanticKarl says:

    By the quote in the lower right,
    it looks like Moses received Marina’s book. LOL

    “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book –
    I’ll waste no time reading it.”
    - Moses Hadas 1900-1966

    Check out the HotForWords book.
    “Answers to All Your Burning Questions
    About Words and Their Meanings”

  38. HotForNumbers says:

    OK. Now let’s talk about the Words and Numbers used in Tennis scores.
    I’d like to know, Marina:

    Why LOVE = 0?
    Why DEUCE = 40-40?

  39. thematrix75 says:

    Hello Marina,what a great lesson you had congrats to originalistrick !I love your Godaddy tank top!I also would like to compliment you on your very nice apartment you have!Have a great day everyone :!: :cool: :smile: Peace!

  40. Samuel Thiel says:

    hey hotforwords, my dear theacher!

    what’ s the origin of the word therapy i didn’t know it?

  41. CheVolay says:

    In case you missed this Marina:

    Marina on a total other matter. We all know what “keep it on the DL or down low” means but what about keep it on the ['QT'] what does the Q & T represent? I thought it was an abbreviation of Quiet using the Q and the T from this word. Is it really that simple?

  42. CheVolay says:

    Well that was pretty complicated. :shock:

  43. hitoshi says:

    the languages with grammatical gender drive me crazy. i cant tell a word is he or she. speaking of hot women, did you see sex and the city 2 ? how was it? i havent seen it yet. and i created a video for it on YT with my friend. which woman do you love the best?

  44. whatimeitis says:

    Not to change the subject matter :cool: But what ever happened to my [clackers] my dear :shock: teacher. They were taken away from me in school in the 1970′s. All the teachers had a desk crammed full of [klackers].

    Now, if I were a smart student, :cool: I would of noticed that the theory of “spooky-ness”, was only a visual concept because the glass balls stopped, but the energy was transferred to the other ball, back in the 1970′s. :cool: Think about it :idea: Different ball same energy.

    These [Clackers] make a great sex toy :lol: ie, I been told. :roll:

    • whatimeitis says:

      …or is it Different energy same ball. :cool: It’s still yet to be discovered. :idea: Perhaps the strings distance can determine that and how much the center moves and in what direction.

  45. whatimeitis says:

    :lol: So, if you were a Russian Tranny tennis player with a sex change your name would be { :evil: }OVOVA :roll:

  46. Ah, the horsey noises, how cute! You should do a video on equestrian terms, like [foal], [filly], [colt], [mare], [stallion], [stirrup], [fetlock], [withers], [bridle], [saddle], [gallop], [canter], [trot], [rein], and [bronco].

    HW: My sons’ middle names in Russia would be Djehovich (I’ve phoneticized my name).

  47. Hello Miss Marina,
    In the YouTube video description, you refer to Martina Navratolov. Martina Navratilova is an open lesbian – does the -ov suffix in the video description suggest that she is the ‘dominant/male’ in the lesbian relationship? :razz:

    It also appears that you are wearing less in this video than you have been recently. If this trend continues, you will soon be making many fantasies come true. (You did make a cameo appearance at the 1:29 mark wearing the necklace you’ve been habitually wearing lately, but the necklace does not appear otherwise in the video.) ;-)

    The first and second (middle) names are your Christian name. One is christened [first and middle names] of the [last name] clan/family.

    A sirname, or surname as it is commonly spelled, is a title of nobility. One becomes recognized as a sir after they have been knighted.

    The combination of first, middle, and last name as one name is a nom de guerre.

    Married women may sometimes drop their middle name when they are married, and use their maiden name as a middle name. I had a teacher in elementary school whose name was Eleanor Parker Hanna, with Parker being her maiden name. This is an old fashioned practice, which is seldom seen in that form. It is becoming more common for married women to retain their middle name, but combine their maiden and married names with a hyphen.

    One year during high school, my Aunt hosted an exchange student boy from Russia whose last name was Bekhterev.

  48. PageDoll says:

    I highly recommend watching all Marina’s videos in 720p. The picture is insane even on full screen and the sound is so much better its not even funny. Look :arrow: :???: See? Thats how much better it is. :smile:
    Seriously, try it out. :shock:

    • fglrx says:

      For more fun, you can use also the “Transcribe Audio” feature. The Google Speech Recognition output is better than Monty Python’s sketches. :smile:

      “a bunch of Russian women’s last names” = “the budget that’s something that sort of thing”

      “I mean in tennis we have Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchova (…) Dominika Cibulkova” = “I mean in saying it couldn’t have come at a critical time in a sample that had an advantage of that nicole by the sending the signal”

      “that’s why you have so many Russian tennis players” = “that’s I think that’s something he molested these days”

      “What would Anna Kournikova’s father’s last name be” = “the world correspondents lost me”

  49. fglrx says:

    Actually only 2 of the 6 mentioned tennis players are Russian.

    Dominika Cibulková and Daniela Hantuchová are Slovak.

    Nicole Vaidišová and Martina Navrátilová are Czech.


  50. placebo says:


  51. pat says:

    First off congratulations to Originalstrick. I tried to cheat on part one, everyone kept their hands over their papers. Part two I’m doing a big guess: Dominickovich. If he doesn’t know already, me lika do cha cha might like this (their last names): Real Name: Boris Badenov
    Sex: Male
    Occupation: No-Goodnik
    Home: Poyysylvania
    Education: Degree at U.S.C. (The University of Safe-Cracking)
    Tag Line: Must capture moose and squirrel.
    Biography: Most foreign agents use their mind, physical strength, and agility to accomplish their missions. Boris uses explosives….lots of them. He and his accomplice, Natasha Fatale, were sent to America by the ruthless dictator Fearless Leader. Their mission is to usually steal something very valuable in order to bring it back to their homeland. Unfortunately for him, Boris is always foiled at the last minute, partly due to his involvement with a certain moose and squirrel, but mostly because of his ego. Real Name: Natasha Fatale
    Sex: Female
    Occupation: Secret Agent
    Home: Everywhere
    Education: Expelled from college
    Tag Line: Hello Dollink.
    Biography: Natasha was a former Miss Transylvania. She is believed to be the love child of Axis Sally and Count Dracula, although nothing has been proven (blood work, yum). When she moved to the “New World” at age 19, she had a part time modeling job with Charles Addams and another popping out of cakes at stag parties. Although Boris has asked for her hand many times, she refuses to part with it. “Its my hand dollink, he can get his own,” said Ms. Fatale.
    Names=Too many rules!

    • fglrx says:

      Better tell us about Jamaican surnames :)

      • pat says:

        Hey,fglrx, here’s a little I found. The surnames here are a reflection of the diversity of our people, testified in our island’s Motto, “Out of Many One People”.

        Having said that, it is worth noting that although over 90% of our fore-parents were African descendants, most of us acquired European or Asian surnames! So how was that? How did that happen?

        Well, according to JFS, the slaves in Jamaica who were brought over from Africa each used only one name, they did not have surnames. So the development of surnames followed one of two paths:
        1.Many of the bookkeepers or overseers who had been brought over from Great Britain to work on the sugar estates were single men. Some of them developed a long-term relationship with one of the female slaves, while others were more promiscuous.

        The result was the birth of mulatto, quadroon, or mustee (mestee) children. All children of a female slave were automatically slaves, considered as belonging to the owner of the mother. If the white man was the slave owner, the child was sometimes declared to be free at the time of infant baptism.

        If the father was not the owner of the slave, he could buy the child’s freedom, or at other times, money was left in the Will of the white parent to pay for the manumission of the child. These children were given the surname of the white parent.

        2.Other slaves, who were of full Negro blood, when baptized were sometimes given surnames.

        It was not the custom in Jamaica to automatically give the slave the surname of the owner, and certainly not to give the slave the name of the estate. Slaves chose, adopted, or were given at baptism, various surnames.

        Some chose the name of the property owner, or perhaps of a bookkeeper, or some merely chose the name of someone who they liked, or who had been good to them, or who was famous. It is said that some old baptismal records contains both the old slave name and the new name.
        Here is a list of what I consider to be the top 30 most popular surnames in Jamaica!

        30.Wright Most Chinese Jamaicans are Hakka and can trace their origin to the Chinese labourers that came to Jamaica in the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.[2] The two earliest ships of Chinese migrant workers to Jamaica arrived in 1854, the first directly from China, the second composed of onward migrants from Panama; they were contracted for plantation work.[3] A further 200 would arrive in the years up until 1870, mostly from other Caribbean islands. Later, in 1884, a third wave of 680 Chinese migrants would arrive; with the exception of a few from Sze Yup, most of these were Hakka people from Dongguan, Huiyang, and Bao’an. This third wave of migrants would go on to bring more of their relatives over from China.[2]

        Since the 1970s, there have been a significant emigration of Chinese Jamaicans from the island, primarily to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Since 2005, there have been an estimated 7,000 further migrants from the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, mostly moving into areas such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville.
        Interracial marriages came almost immediately, and along with continued immigration the Chinese Jamaican community grew, so that it became the second-largest Chinese Caribbean population, behind only Cuba. The 1946 Jamaica census recorded, 12,394 Chinese Jamaicans: “2,818 China-born, 4,061 local born, 5,515 Chinese coloured,” with the latter referring to multiracial people of mixed African and Chinese origin.[8]

        Assimilation has taken place through generations and few Chinese Jamaicans can speak Chinese today; most of them speak English or Jamaican Patois as their first language. The vast majority have anglicized given names, and many have Chinese surnames. The Chinese food culture has survived to a large degree among this group of people.
        Jamaicans of Chinese descent:
        Earl Chin, TV persona. Famous for “Rockers TV”
        Tessanne Chin, singer
        Tiffany Chin Sim, Model
        Tyson Beckford, model and actor
        Jully Black, R&B singer (father is half Chinese Jamaican)
        Clive Chin, record producer (Java and other hits by Augustus Pablo, Fatty Bum Bum, and others)
        Black Chiney, a popular reggae/dancehall sound system
        Naomi Campbell, British model and actress
        G. Raymond Chang, Chairman of the Board of CI Financial and Chancellor of Ryerson University
        Phil Chen, famous reggae/bassist, musician
        Lonny Chin, Playboy model, Chinese-Jamaican father and Welsh-Swedish mother
        Staceyann Chin, a spoken word, poet
        Vincent, and Patricia Chin, founders of VP Records
        Walter Chin, fashion photographer
        Albert Chong, artist
        Michael and Karl Hugh, founders of Active Autowerke; BMW performance
        Dustin Chung, soccer player
        Mark Chung, soccer Player Born to Chinese-Jamaican Parents
        Patrick Chung, American football player for the New England Patriots
        Tami Chynn, and sister Tessanne Chin, popular female recording artists
        Omar Lye-Fook, soul singer (Chinese Jamaican father, Indo-Jamaican mother)
        Saskia Garel, actress and former member of Love & Sas
        Mona Hammond, (born Mavis Chin), British actress Joseph Hoo Kim, famous reggae/dancehall record producer
        Leslie Kong, reggae, producer
        Bunny Lee, record producer
        Byron Lee, musician (known for the song ‘Jump Up’ in the first James Bond, film Dr. No)
        Michael Lee-Chin, investor and chairman, of AIC Limited
        Nicole Lyn, actress
        Sean Paul, a popular reggae/dancehall musician
        Karin Taylor, former playboy model
        Cornel Chin-Sue, football player
        Rose Leon, Member of Parliament
        Ferdinand Yap-Sam, Member of Parliament
        Delroy Chuck, President of Senate
        Robinne Lee, actress
        Phil Fung, artist
        James Edward Chang (Jimmy Chang), creator of the Macanudo cigar brand

  52. BigBhd95 says:

    My Dearest Marina :grin:

    I love this new longer version video’s especially the lip action

    at the end :oops: :roll: and I also love your new appartment :shock:

    looks much larger than the last couple or so ;-) would be nice to visit

    :cool: B.B. :idea: p.s. try as i might i couldn’t open it untill today :?:

  53. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    You look beautiful in black hair! Your beaauty comes through in your voice, your movements, and your lovely smile. :razz:
    To answer your question, his last name would be “Kournikov. In the nineteenth century, English and American writers would use an ending of “off” instead of “ov.” That might be how “Smirnoff Vodka” was named. :mrgreen:
    Do you know why the Russians call us “Amerikansky _________” (Bad word placed there). If there were American women soldiers, would they call them “Americanova _________?”

    I saw Maria Sharapova for the first time when she won Wimbledon in 2004 over the powerful Serena Williams. After Maria won, she climbed the fence and up the stadium so she could go kiss her father, who sacrificed so much to give her a chance at tennis. What a nice girl! Maria is going to play tennis for Russia in the 2012 Olympics. Maria is so tall and beautiful, I think she will have big, healthy babies. She’s lovely, too. :razz:

  54. aztecwarrior says:

    great lesson! thanks Teacher !!! latino surnames are like: Rodrigo’s son: Rodriguez; Hernan’s son: Hernandez; Martin’s son: Martinez, just like that !!!

    • Evan Owen says:

      Another interesting thing about Latino surnames: many are ultimately of German origin (Rodriguez from Roderick, Hernandez from Ferdinand), dating back to the time after the collapse of Rome when the Visigoths (West Germans) invaded Spain. :cool:

    • Evan Owen says:

      ***Word requests: Gifts of the Aztecs***

      {tomato} :grin:

      • deluxenn says:

        {tabaco} :cool:

        grace – {gracia}(sp) – {gracias} грация(ru)
        {muchas gracias} (sp) – thank you very much – Спасибо большое (ru)
        is there any links?

  55. Evan Owen says:


    Surnames of Celtic origin are often patronimics, i.e. “son of” names. Scottish and Irish surnames commonly begin with “Mac” or “Mc,” “mac” being Gaelic for “son,” e.g. McDonald, MacArthur, etc.

    Welsh for “mac” is mab or map; in Welsh patronimic surnames, this is shortened to a “b” or a “p,” as in Bowen (son of Owen), Bevan (son of Evan), Price (son of Rhys), and Powell (son of Hywel). :cool:

  56. Evan Owen says:

    @3:35 re Chris Longcock: “Mahalingam” is a common name in India. :shock:

  57. Evan Owen says:

    Homework: I suppose my son would be “Evanovich.” Wow — really sounds Russian, doesn’t it? :grin:

  58. deluxenn says:

    I should check my passport, but you can call me Bondov… James Bondov :grin:

  59. James says:

    I passed my driving test! :razz:

  60. Andrei says:

    Miss teacher, this means that Winston Churchill’s name denotes a man that was borne in a church in Winston ? ^_^

  61. fglrx says:

    In the Polish language, other way than in Russian and Czech, the forms of male and female last names differ only if they have the adjectival type of declension. But if a name sounds like a common adjective it’s acceptable to use them in the male form for women, but without inflection :)
    The names with the nominal declension are the same for men and women.

    But if a woman has a noun-like name of the male gender, it doesn’t inflect for cases. In men – every name does.

    So it’s probably more sophisticated that in Russian and Czech. :)

  62. Andrei says:

    my son would be named dumitrascov :))

  63. rangus says:

    Does the word {champion} have any connections to the word {champagne}?

  64. tayljim says:

    I don’t know about eveybody else here but as for me II LOVE ROCK N

  65. VenomRocK says:

    homework: Kournikov

    extra credit: ???

  66. James says:

    I was wondering something the other day… Do you think everyone started out white, then as time went by the people from hotter countries went darker and darker? It would explain why people like eskimoes are really white, and some people from Africa are really black.. and why places like Spain are inbetween.

    • tayljim says:

      Or it could have been that people started out as dark skinned and got lighter
      as they moved to the colder regions, if the theory of evolution is correct
      we desended from apes which are dark skinned.

      • Andrei says:

        well in fact humans started as black because they appeared in Africa and they needed black skin to protect themselves against the strong sun. As they started to migrate and go up north, their skin started to change as they needed less and less melanin …

      • James says:

        Maybe, but how many black people get lighter? White people can go dark, but black people don’t really go light.

    • leoNard says:

      EvI(o)l ution— love a neighbor like a horse and ride into the sunsets :lol: I’m from the land of ice and snow, soul!…how is JAMES :?: ….and are Martians green? :mrgreen: …evol-ve/\ev-love… :smile:

    • Evan Owen says:

      We turned beige because in places like Germany, Scandinavia, and the Anglo-Celtic Isles, light skin increases the ability to produce vitamin D from the pale watery light that passes for sunshine in those regions, :razz: thus increasing the survival rate of lighter-skinned peoples there. :cool:

      • hott4urblog says:

        Ever see a Bushman’s Bride after being in a hut for about a week before da weddin? They come out all white. lol… Is Ape-skin white underneath all dat fur? I don’t know… I’m not a monkey’s uncle. I believe dat all the facts are not in yet. If Eviloution is so true how do they explain Neanderthals with DNA as a separate and distinct species? Does this mean we are nothing more than a perfected monkey? What will we evolve into next? It just goes to show dat some ppl (inc. scientists) will sell anything and some ppl will buy it!

        • Evan Owen says:

          You mention {Neanderthals} at a good time. Geneticists have recently completed the DNA sequencing of a Neanderthal, and determined not only that they were of the same species as modern humans, but interbred with Caucasians in Europe: we carry some of their genes.

          {Neandethal} — How did the “old man” get called the “new man”? Let’s ask Herr Neumann! :lol:

  67. James says:

    Brilliant lesson Marina. That really cleared up a lot! You are so lucky to be from the Eastern block countries, I have said it before and I will say it again, I think they have the most beautiful women in the world. Normally I prefer brunettes over blondes, but the blondes from Sweden, Denmark, Russia etc are just ridiculously beautiful, I don’t know why!

  68. veritanuda says:

    Hehe.. totally great.. and unknown to me. I shall ask my Sudareva if she knew of this :)

    Fascinating, thank you! :lol:

  69. dimka says:

    Following Marina’s video Casanova is a woman :mrgreen:

    Btw Marina’s middle name is Vladimirovna :smile:

  70. okay4now says:

    Hwk: Androvich (?)

    BtW – Is that a [hickey] on your neck? At least you’re staying home & not going out in public with it; otherwise, people might see it… :roll:

  71. Dr Teeth says:

    In Iceland they use matronymics as well patronymics. The last names of the females are named after the mother’s first name and the males’ after the father’s first name.

    So if Peter Jonson had a son and gave him the first name Magnus, the son would be called Magnus Peterson.

    If a woman called Inge Helgardottir had a daughter and called her Johanna, her daughter’s name would be Johanna Ingedottir.

    So you can have a whole family of several generations where everyone has a different last name.

    Nowadays though, the last name tends to be more flexible where, irrespective of the child’s gender, they can take either the patronymic or matronymic ( or even both).

    Icelandic phonebook entries are ordered by firstname

  72. sniperskaya says:

    Marina / Марина , since patronymic names (father’s names) are so important in Russia, why do Russians refer to their country as “Mother Russia instead of Father Russia”? Also, since names have such importance it is easy to understand why Джугашвили Иосиф Виссарионович chose the name “Иосиф Сталин” a стальной человек like “Кларк Кент”. :cool:

    • dimka says:

      “Mother Russia” because the word “Russia” it’s feminine gender thats why “Mother” :lol:

      Stalin chose the name “Иосиф Сталин” because the surname “Джугашвили” sounds bad and as it’s a georgian surname he decided to take a russian surname because russians were the titular nation in the USSR :grin:

      • sniperskaya says:

        Interesting that WWII (Великая Отечественная Война) was mainly between “Motherland” Russia, “Fatherland” Germany and “Uncle” Sam…
        As long as we keep it in the Family of Man, eh, Marina / Марина?

        Also dimka, Stal / Seel and the “in” from Lenin = Stalin, da? :twisted:

        • dimka says:

          Великая Отечественная Война was “mainly” between “Motherland” Russia and “Fatherland” Germany :lol: :lol:

          Великая Отечественная Война it’s part of WWII :smile:

          About a steel and Lenin you are right :grin:

    • Evan Owen says:

      :lol: Very good joke…do you mind if I translate for our American readers? :grin:

    • Evan Owen says:

      “Джугашвили Иосиф Виссарионович chose the name ‘Иосиф Сталин’ a стальной человек like ‘Кларк Кент’ ”

      “Dzhugashvili Iosif Vissarionovich chose the name ‘Iosif Stalin,’ a ‘man of steel’ like ‘Clark Kent.’ ” :lol:

      For those of you under 20, “Clark Kent” was the secret identity of Superman. :wink:

      BTW sniperskaya, I note you wrote “Dzhugashvili Iosif”; is it the Kartvelian (Gruzinski / Georgian) custom to put the family name first? :?:

  73. mrflower says:

    I asked the same question about the “ova” in Russian or Czech female last names about a month or two back.. I thought “oh hey.. Marina’s going to acknowledge my request!!” Sigh.. I think Pedantic Karl or another of your regular posters may remember replying to my question. Oh well..

    • HotForWords says:

      Oh, I see your comment here that you are talking about. So sorry I missed it.. it’s hard for me to search for and find all of the requests. I’ve tried putting together various systems and I still end up missing requests all the time! So sorry about that!

    • Evan Owen says:

      Hi Mr Flower,
      Please remember that Marina has over a quarter-million subscribers. It’s very difficult to give them all individual mention and attention! :razz:

    • Howdy, Amigo. Don’t feel badly. As Evan said, that’s going to happen-Marina has a LOT of subscribers/admirers/stalkers. Heck, I wasn’t even making any kind of request. I was just wondering and trying to talk with her. Talk about surprised!

      And Marina, it sounds like you’re calling me “Originalist-Dick!”

      I LOVE your accent. :grin:

      (It IS just your accent, right?)

      • gravityboy says:

        I heard the “Originalist-Dick!” also…

        I think it’s another occasion were your ding-dong has been referred to. ;-)

        p.s. you know I wasn’t calling you a ding-dong, correct?
        sorry about the {buttinsky} this wasn’t a (life?) one, cool? :cool:

        • Aussie: “No worries, Mate.”

          Texan: “Aw, Hell, Amigo, let’s go git us a cold cerveza.”

          All the older-timers in the HFW gene pool(still loving that, GP)can tell you about the times I’ve shot my mouth off, so don’t expect any casting of stones from me. It’s all fine. Marina and the wonderful lunatics here keep it all just fine. :cool:

  74. AllynTygrrr says:

    A.) Wow. This one was actually extremely informative and therefore useful.

    B.) I’ve already got internally-copyrighted designs on how last names will work in the future.

    C.) Such a primitive naming-based structure around the globe it seems… Gee…wonder where that came from? Oh. History. Silly hoomans.

    D.) Where was I?

    E.) Oh yes, 1.) How come there are so many girls named Marina in Russia?

    1.b.) Or is that just on RT, the Russian-owned U.S. news source I get ‘fair unfair and balanced/imaginary information’ from in between watching the Foxy, Comedy Central, and other kids while wasting my time typing?

    2.) Interesting – b/c in truth I have no idea about Russian-American culture or social morays or … but then again with the case I’m arguing the entire global project is pretty much uncharted territory to begin with – which is why I ask so many questions – to try and understand.

    3.) Rock N’ Roll and tennis. Oooh… Like milk and dog biscuits.

    4.) Sorry – I’m new here. In your ‘internet celebrity web performance’ thing do you actually talk about what your parents do/did and your family and life stories and such?

    5.) Where does your name come from? ‘Allen’ means precious. ‘Alyx’ means ***. ‘Simpson’? I don’t know. You tell me. The whole ‘Tygrrr’ thing was artistically adopted with a political angle long before Tiger Woods went and tried to kamikaze it. Mine is different like night and day.

    6.) But have you seen the Victoria’s Secret Angels? Between that, starlets, the swimsuit edition, and my ego – do you realize… I kid, I kid. Nevermind. But that last part was interesting. Very interesting. Very very interesting interesting use of creative license… Hang on. Unlike the status quo I’m actually internally-analyzing something akin to a “hypothetical” mass media role model identity crisis. Hey – it happens. Or at least it should. Hang on. Let me check my notes and see what I was debating…

    7.) [being]

    Whoops! The Daily Show is on.

    Have a great night kiddos.

    Transparency shall set you…

  75. sniperskaya says:

    Seriously, Marina / Марина, does the “Ova” in a Russian woman’s last name have anything to do with Ova or eggs as in “ovulation”?.

  76. sniperskaya says:

    In America after a divorce women become “Screwedyouova” and men become “Sonofabitch”. I guess that no matter what name you call her, Gorby’s wife is going to be a real bitch?

  77. sniperskaya says:

    Отчество. Ð’ настоящее время фамилия не важно, потому что семья не важно …

  78. pedanticKarl says:

    I would say that Anna’s father last name is Kournikov. (Kournikov + a)
    I’m wondering if it could also have been Kournik? (Kournik + ova)

    My son’s middle name would be Boris Karlov. :grin:

    • dimka says:

      there are some people with the surname Kournik :mrgreen: ,
      but a man and a woman with that surname will have the same surname Kournik ;-)

      Your son’s middle name would be Boris Karlovich :smile:

      • pedanticKarl says:

        Hi dimka,
        Thank you for your great replies to everyone. That’s very helpful.

        Would Karlov (Karloff the English version) then be the primary surname? Then, a daughter’s surname might be Maria Karlova and as you mentioned, the son’s last name would be Boris Karlovich.

        Also, do you have any information about the ending of “sky” in a surname? I found some small amount of help on the net already, but I imagine there is more to it.

        • dimka says:

          If we talking about middle names(patronymic) then middle name must ending in:
          for women: -ovna or -evna (according to a father’s name)
          for men: -ovich or -evich (also according to a father’s name)
          For example: your son’s full name would be:
          Boris Karlovich and your surname
          and daughter’s full name would be:
          Maria Karlovna and surname
          or Marina’s name:
          Marina Vladimirovna Orlova :smile:

          If your name is Karl and surname is Karlov then:
          son: Boris Karkovich(his middle name) Karlov(his surname)
          daughter: Maria Karlovna Karlova

          Hope it was understandable ;-)

          Surnames ending in “-sky” are Polish and Russian.
          The difference is that the Polish surnames were formed from the names of their estates, while the Russian and other Slavic nations from names of family head (most of them)

        • fglrx says:

          I can’t found proper information, but I suppose that the suffix -ov (but not only this one) (“Karl-Karlov”)was used a few centuries ago to produce create names (in fact to produce adjectives from nouns, e.g. “Karlov syn” = “Karl’s son”, where the word “son” was then dropped), but isn’t productive now, so surnames like “Karlov” are primary, while the endings -ovich/-ovna are used for patronymic middle names in modern Russia (that are additional to the surnames). I don’t know if I’m right.

        • fglrx says:

          Yes, just like Dimka said, the ending “sky” (originally: three variants -ski/-cki/-dzki for the male gender and -ska/-cka/-dzka for the female gender) have Polish origin, some of them diffused also to Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

          These suffixes were used to produce adjectives from the names of land estates and then also from the names of professions (like in popular Polish surname Kowalski – from “kowal” = “smith”). Creating names from professions in that way became popular in the 10th century because every peasant wanted to sound like a gentleman.

          I must add that the names with “-ski” type of endings are the only one that always inflect for gender (for the other the rules are most sophisticated, as I’ve written a few dozens of posts above) :)

          Here is an wikipedia article about Polish names and surnames:

          Rather good, but focused too much on the obsolete forms that nobody uses in the modern times.

  79. PageDoll says:

    Again, I love this lesson.
    The long takes are incredible! ;-) They really help in getting the point across as well as make the information a bit more personal. :cool:
    When I watch a new lesson I want to give you my attention, the longer take gives me a sense that I have your attention as well. Does that make sense? :cool:
    All the the extra graphics on the screen had a purpose and seem to move a little slower too. Which was cool because its hard to read something I know is going to disappear in the blink of an eye and listen to you at the same time. I’ll just listen when giving the choice.
    I love the old music! I dare you to throw in a “And now, back to the show” one of these times. That would be sweet!
    I love the moving slides with footage from older videos and lessons in the intro, thats so great. :smile:
    You get the point, back to basics. ;)

  80. Dear Teacher,
    That was a highly instructional lesson! Loved it. I always wondered about Russian patronymics, surnames, and the like. Way cool.
    For homework, I’m thinking Kournikov.
    For extra credit, I’m thinking I’ll have to just eat it, as it appears that Russians borrowed absolutely nothing from Gaelic to name their offspring.
    Thanks for the great stuff.
    your teacher’s peSt (or so i’m told)

  81. Part 1 – His full name is Sergei Kournikov so, Kournikov it is…
    Part 2 – My last name would be Stefanov (my father’s name is Esteban)

    I know some last names that not only changes with gender, but also with number. For example, a girl’s last name is Tsegelnaya, but she AND her sisters are the Tsegelnyie sisters… so, why is it like that?

  82. Homework:
    Part 1 – Kournikov sounds right.
    Part 2 – Chuckov (Dad’s name was Charles) nyuk nyuk
    Did you hear about the guy who legally changed
    his name to Heywood Jablome? ( It’s true! )
    Marina made horse sounds at the end :mrgreen:

    Boris: My leetle pownyee!
    Natasha: Boa-reese!!!!
    Boris: Iss nothing Natasha, dollink. I make beeg choke.
    Natasha: DA?!! Vas not beeg choke last night ven vee…Neffermindt.

    • Oops! I guess Part 2 should be: Chuckovitch :oops:
      That shirt really is distracting…
      (Thanks, Go Daddy!)

    • leoNard says:

      Does Marina have a middle name?—

      Abnormal changes in the voice are called “hoarseness.”

      The Orlov Trotter :razz: Russian: орловский рысак) is a horse breed with a hereditary fast trot, noted for its outstanding speed and stamina. It is the most famous Russian horse. The breed was developed in Russia in the late 18th century by Count Alexei Orlov at his Khrenovskoy Stud farm near the town of Bobrov (Voronezh guberniya) ….ps-what is under :-) the horses tail?

  83. Zeeshan says:

    Wondeful lesson, i had no idea how last names worked in other countries, i thought they were the same as America. Thanks for doing a lesson on this and educating me haha

    ps. i suck at tennis too

  84. Like the Macs and Mcs, the Vans and Vons, and so on, names once had more meaning than they do now, it seems. I think for most people, our internet names have more personal meaning than our real names.
    Marina, I always enjoy the way you put your videos together. Humorous, interesting, and educational, all in one. Nice.

  85. wetsuit5 says:

    I’m really going to have to engage the ole brain on this homework.

    I think I need to watch the video a few more times.
    (and take notes)

    Good to see Gorby getting around.
    I’ll never say eat $#!& again.

  86. jp says:

    can everyone report this @sshole for super sketchy youtube spam using marina’s keywords? his video popped up at the end of this tennis one.

    great video Marina, i learned a ton, Justovich sounds nice to me.

  87. Well, thank you, Darlin’! What a wonderful surprise! Made my day/year/(life?).

    Great lesson also. I like asking you questions-you get after it. I’d heard several of the tennis chickies’ fathers referred to the “Sharapov” way. I really appreciate your doing this. You’re such a special lady. Thanks again! :grin:



  88. Greatest Potential says:

    Homework: Kornikovatennisplayerin

    Extra Credit: Povich

  89. iluv2cutfarts says:

    To my most dearest hotforwords Hottie Girl!

    Marina! What a great lesson! Kournik / Kournikov I guess would be Anna’s Dad’s last name? How fun! I cannot reveal my identity for national security reasons, but I think I have an idea as to what my middle name would be.

    Congrats originalstick! You have been immortalized in the hotforwords folklore of History for the remainder of time!

    Until next time, I remain faithfully yours…




  90. PageDoll says:

    I love it!
    What do you know, I was actually right when you asked what your new video was about on twitter. :mrgreen:
    How do I know I love it? Because it was over six minutes long and I didn’t even notice.

  91. Greatest Potential says:

    :smile: haven’t watched this yet

    oh boy

    here we go..

  92. iluv2cutfarts says:


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