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Russians do not have hands or feet, and Russians consider it inappropriate to â€?grab your mother.â€? Russians do not have a word for hands or feet per se, and so they speak of the fingers on their arms or fingers on their legs. The English expression, â€?lend me a handâ€? (to solicit help) would be stated as â€?lend me an armâ€? in the Russian language. Moreover, a proper Russian would never use either the hands he does not have nor the fingers on his arm to grab his friend"s mother. A Russian acquaintance, residing in the United States at a friend"s house, told me he was bewildered by a phone call he had received from his American friend. The friend, who wanted to speak with his mother, asked the Russian to â€?Grab my Mother for me,â€? which did not sound like something a loving, considerate son would want done to his own mother.
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