неча на зеркало пенять, коли рожа крива

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "don't blame the mirror if your mug is skewed".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈnʲet͡ɕə nɐ‿ˈzʲerkəɫə pʲɪˈnʲætʲ | ˈkolʲɪ ˈroʐə krʲɪˈva]

Proverb[edit]

не́ча на зе́ркало пеня́ть, ко́ли ро́жа крива́ (néča na zérkalo penjátʹ, kóli róža krivá)

  1. a bad workman always blames his tools

Usage notes[edit]

  • не́ча (néča) is a very informal, non-standard form of не́чего (néčevo), used here for rhyming.