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JQTrotter
03-31-2012, 01:36 AM
I've asked around at a couple of places, such as the forums at "wordreferences.com" and I've gotten mixed answers. One of my characters is Russian, and he uses a term of endearment on another which I want to mean "my star" - not like celebrity star but literary a star in the night sky. It might seem kind of strange but it makes sense in the story.

Overall, I've been told "zvezda moya" is correct. I know the "moya" part means my.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

(I hope this is the right place to ask this question. MODs feel free to move it if not, thanks!)

Rhea
03-31-2012, 08:39 AM
Yep, "zvezda" is right.
It also means a celebrity, so that's why the confusion.
Best luck!

JQTrotter
03-31-2012, 12:19 PM
Thank you!

AnneMayfair
05-09-2012, 02:22 PM
There are also two more options.
"Zvezda moya" is a bit sarcastic in modern language and it's overall archaic. Now people say "Moya zvezda" - switching the two words makes a difference.
And if your character refers to a dear/loved person it could be "Moya zvezdochka" which has a lot of personal attraction put in.
I know this is late, but I hope this somehow helps.

Izhitsa
05-09-2012, 04:33 PM
Happy Victory Day, AnneMayfair!

I second your comments.

Just to cover all combinations possible -- 'Zvezdochka moya yasnaya' (my bright little star) is the title of a well-known song from early 1970s about unhappy love.

AnneMayfair
05-09-2012, 05:20 PM
Happy V-Day, Izhitsa!

You're totally right but since I was born in the 1990's, I had no idea about that song. Really. Now I feel ashamed of it.

But thanks!

Izhitsa
05-09-2012, 06:35 PM
Happy V-Day, Izhitsa!

You're totally right but since I was born in the 1990's, I had no idea about that song. Really. Now I feel ashamed of it.

But thanks!

Thank you! There's nothing to be ashamed of in not knowing pop songs from the times of 'developed socialism'. . . Or the the times of its non-developed variety -- can't stand Isabella Yurieva!

quill10
10-31-2012, 08:28 AM
Hi Izhitsa,

Could you please tell me if Lomonosov Moscow State University is now called Moscow State University?
Thanks,

SaraP
11-12-2012, 03:01 AM
quill10, you might want to ask that in the Russian (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=184912) thread. :)

quill10
01-23-2013, 08:43 AM
Thanks, SaraP. I will.