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English citations of vranyo


Russian враньё (vran’jó, lying, lies), from врать (vrat’, to lie)


  1. The phenomenon of semi-lie or semi-truth with a twist of fantasy, white lies and suppression of unpleasant parts of the truth.


    • (Can we date this quote?), Jacques Tocatlian, Around the World in 80 Missions:
      He proceeded to say that vranyo was untranslatable. [...] When using vranyo, Russians know that they are fibbing and expect their audience to understand that.
    • 1996 April 19, Charles Trew <db559@FreeNet.Carleton.CA>, “Re: What makes the Ukrainians like their own children for breakfast?”, in alt.current-events.russia, Usenet[1]:
      No one could be such an idiot on purpose, you're clearly spreading disinformation in classic, Soviet style. The appropriate term for this is: vranyo.
    • 1994, John Arundel Barnes, A pack of lies: towards a sociology of lying, page 67:
      In Russian culture a distinction is drawn between two kinds of lies, vranyo and lozh which do not have exact parallels in English. Vranyo has been claimed as uniquely Russian, and seems to consist of telling untrue but credible stories, a practice not condemned by those who recognize what is going on. Indeed, for success in vranyo-telling, there must be a listener who pretends to believe in the truth of what is being said. [...] Lozh, on the other hand, implies a conscious intention to deceive.


    • 2004 September 6, Raven, “Re: OT: Beslan school hostage tragedy (Russia, Putin)”, in, Usenet[2]:
      If the reports from the Russian authorities aren't all vranyo, there were not many Chechens among the Beslan ghouls.


  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky: "A Word or Two about Vranyo." ("Nechto o vranye," Diary of a Writer, 1873, XV.)
  • R. Hingley: "Famous Vrun's and Their Vranyo's" ( Radio Free Europe /Munich.Research and Evaluation Department Background Information USSR, 1962-5-22)[3]