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Jalalaika from episode 1

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inkshift
1373269.  Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:47 pm Reply with quote

Stephen Fry called Jimmy Carr's buzzer a jalalaika in episode 1 Jargon.
There is no such thing =)
The right name is жалейка - zhaleika/jaleika. It is wind isntrument most used in slavic countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
Name comes from word zhal' - жаль, which means sorrow or being sorry for smthg. Instrument wasn't only used by shepherds, it was one of funeral instruments.

Here you can see and hear various slavic instruments
https://youtu.be/wTDJstahAbo

Hope that somebody will find this information useful =)

 
Awitt
1373272.  Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:07 pm Reply with quote

I've played in a concert with a balalaika as a solo instrument.

 
suze
1373278.  Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:34 pm Reply with quote

Thanks inkshift! Yes, I think Stephen got a bit mixed up there.

The buzzers in that episode were a jarana (a Mexican eight string guitar), a jouhikko (a Finnish three string harp which sounds somewhat like an accordion), a жалейка (that Russian clarinet which sounds somewhat like a bagpipe), and a Jew's harp.

Not only did Stephen intrude an extra syllable - presumably by anaology with balalaika, the Russian three string guitar that Awitt mentions - but he also pronounced the /ʒ/ sound as /h/. Pronouncing <j> as /h/ may be good Spanish, but good Russian it certainly isn't!

 

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