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I just thought this might be mildly interesting to other pen & pencil nuts here. Obviously it won’t be news to any Russian speakers. Yesterday I took a deposition of a Russian speaking man. One of the things that came up during the testimony was that he was carrying a pencil when the situation at issue happened. There were several questions by me about the pencil. I noticed that the Russian translator keep saying “Caran D’Ache” every time I said “pencil”. When the proceeding was over I couldn’t help but ask the translator, a gentleman who it seems emigrated from Russia like the witness, about Caran D’Ache”. Sure enough, the word for “pencil” in Russian is “Caran D’Ache”. We both had an amused chuckle about that. 

 

I think I may start to say “Pilot” every time I want to use the word “pen”. 

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Yes, the word is "karandash"/"карандаш", turkic in origin, used in Russia.

Caran d'Ache is a French spelling (or rather, intepretation to look like a name, as it was), used by satirist Emmanuel Poiré, which the company known today then used in honour of Poiré.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caran_d'Ache_(company)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caran_d'Ache

 

 

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2 hours ago, Maurizio said:

I just thought this might be mildly interesting to other pen & pencil nuts here. Obviously it won’t be news to any Russian speakers. Yesterday I took a deposition of a Russian speaking man. One of the things that came up during the testimony was that he was carrying a pencil when the situation at issue happened. There were several questions by me about the pencil. I noticed that the Russian translator keep saying “Caran D’Ache” every time I said “pencil”. When the proceeding was over I couldn’t help but ask the translator, a gentleman who it seems emigrated from Russia like the witness, about Caran D’Ache”. Sure enough, the word for “pencil” in Russian is “Caran D’Ache”. We both had an amused chuckle about that. 

 

I think I may start to say “Pilot” every time I want to use the word “pen”. 

Except in Russian it's one word.  karandach.

Dan Kalish

 

Fountain Pens: Pelikan Souveran M805, Pelikan Petrol-Marble M205, Santini Libra Cumberland, Waterman Expert II, Waterman Phileas, Waterman Kultur, Stipula Splash, Sheaffer Sagaris, Sheaffer Prelude, Osmiroid 65

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Ah . . . karandach 

 

Thanks for your replies. 

 

Pass me my pilot please

The prizes of life are never to be had without trouble - Horace
Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

 Favorite shop:https://www.fountainpenhospital.com

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Yes, I always found this "pun" really well found. In French it sounds like an aristocratic name, or the name of a city

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What? My Swiss fountain pen’s name is a pencil? That’s like calling my dog cat! 🙄😂

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so my pencil is leaking ink ?

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Teebyeh nuzhen karandach?

 

Konyeshna! Zdees!

 

Pohzhaluysta!

 

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20 hours ago, Muncle said:

Well, now I know a word of Russian!

You must know da and nyet, right?  Yes and no.  I don’t know how to spell in Cyrillic, but the Sochi Olympics taught us spa-see-bow to spell it phonetically. 
 

I found the spelling “spasibo” which is thankfulness. 

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