May 01, 2021

Presidential Patty Cakes

Presidential Patty Cakes
"I know you are, but what am I?" Victor Bogorad

This spring, a ruckus roiling US-Russian relations was one for the history books: It was the first spat that involved a children’s playground taunt.

It began when US President Biden said “Um, yes” when a journalist asked if he thought Russian President Putin was a killer. Then, in Moscow, a journalist asked Putin for his response. After wishing his American counterpart good health – “будьте здоровы!” – Putin recalled his rough and tumble St. Petersburg childhood. “Я вспоминаю, в детстве мы во дворе, когда спорили друг с другом, говорили так: “Кто как обзывается – тот так и называется” (“I recall that when we had fights with each other in the courtyard, we’d say [literally] whatever you call someone is what you are.”)

English-speaking journalists frantically thought back to their childhoods and rendered this as: “Takes one to know one” or “I’m rubber and you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”

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