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   Slang is an unofficial language of a very informal character. It contains newly coined words or current words with different nonstandard meanings. As a rule, slang items are emotionally colored and used to give force to one's speech. Slang forms a big part of modern Russian active vocabulary and is often found in the press, frequently heard on popular radio and television programs.
Cool!
(very well)
 
 
 
Круто!
Клёво!
Ништяк!
KROO-ta!
KL'O-va!
neesh-T'AHK!
cool cat клёвый мужик KL'O-viy moo-ZHIK
tough guy крутой парень kroo-TOHY PA-rehn'
cool girl классная девчонка KLA-sna-ya deef-CHOHN-ka
buddy
kiddo
чувак choo-VAHK
big gun
big noise
шишка
(an informal word meaning a person of great importance)
SHI-shka
cranky
screwy
 
 
чокнутый (about a man)
чокнутая (about a woman)
(an informal word meaning very strange, odd, slightly mad)
CHOHK-noo-tiy
CHOHK-noo-ta-ya
bastard
skunk
сволочь
(an abusive word denoting a person who is bad, unfair, unkind, etc.)
SVO-lahch'
Crickey!
Golly!
Ни фига себе!
(expression of surprise)
nee fi-GA seh-BEH!
chicken-feed
crud
waltz
фигня
(means "trifle", "rubbish")
feeg-N'A
shit блин
(can express any emotion depending on situation and intonation, a bit milder than its English equivalent)
bleen
Damn!
Hell!
Чёрт!
(expressing anger or annoyance)
chohrt!
F**king shit! Чёрт побери!
(expressing anger or annoyance, a bit milder than its English equivalent)
chohrt pa-bee-REE!
F**k you!  
 
Пошёл ты! (addressing a man)
Пошла ты! (addressing a woman)
(Rude phrase expressing extreme annoyance)
pa-SHOHL ti!
pa-SHLA ti!
You pissed me off!
(I am annoyed with you!)
 
 
Заколебал! (addressing a man)
Заколебала! (addressing a woman)
(informal phrase expressing annoyance)
za-ka-lee-BAHL!
za-ka-lee-BA-la!
gormless тормоз
(a person slow in understanding)
TOHR-mahs
to dig
(to understand)
въезжать v'ye-ZHAHT'
I don't dig it.
(I do not understand)
Я не въезжаю. ya neh v'ye-ZHA-yoo.
car тачка TAHCH-ka
Let's live it up! Давай оторвемся! da-VAHY ah-tahr-V'OHM-s'a!
That's a hummer!
buzz
кайф
(a feeling of euphoria, great pleasure)
kahyf
spondulicks
dough
(money)
 
 
бабки
капуста
(a sum of money essential for the owner)
BAHP-kee
ka-POOS-ta
to make a quick buck рубить капусту
(make money quickly and easily)
roo-BEET' ka-POOS-too
green bucks
spinach
зелень
(only US dollars)
ZEH-lehn'
Shake a leg!
Shake it up!
(hurry up!)
Шевелись! sheh-veh-LEES'!
The cake is dough.
(Things are looking bad.)
Дело дрянь. DEH-la dr'ahn'.
cop
(a policeman/ policewoman)
мент mehnt
cop-shop
(a police station)
ментовка mehn-TOHF-ka
funny
comically
jokingly
прикольно
(much more informal than its English equivalents)
pree-KOHL'-na

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