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From: "Kimberly Jobling" <>
Subject: Re: [POLAND] babushka
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 11:07:56 -0700


One of my Russian coworkers today explained that this came into use since
'babuszka' is a grandma and grandmas were often seen wearing scarves or head
coverings. It just became adopted by many cultures.

Kimberly
-----Original Message-----
From: James F. May Sr. <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, September 24, 1999 9:47 PM
Subject: [POLAND] babushka


>Dear list-members
> I just returned from a trip to find a pile of messages, of which
>the "babushka" group really grabbed me.
>I just have to say that any woman who wears a babushka,( even a skinny
>one) on her head , must have one heck of a strong back!!
>People do not wear people as head coverings, and babushkas are
>grandmothers.
>The Russian word for scarf translates as SHARF,,SHAL.
>The Polish word for scarf translates as SZARFA,,SZAL .
>Babushka actually pronounced babooshka is the official Russian word for
>grandmother.
>I dont know how this misuse of a word became so widespread but I have
>been correcting people for years.
> Its possible that almost all pictures of Russian peasant women show
>them wearing their sharfs and people thought that babushka referred to
>their headress.
>
> Thanks to all for indulging me. Any comments welcomed privately.
>
>Jim
>
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