Friday, July 20, 2018

U.S. ambassador apologizes for misuse of Russian slang on Twitter

Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, apologized on Wednesday for making a gaffe on his Twitter, calling Yekaterinburg "Ye-burg," a colloquial name for the city that carries an expletive connotation.

The Ambassador had written on his Twitter that he'll "be in Ye-burg at the Innoprom." The message was in response to a follower's question of whether he would be in attendance at Innoprom 2012, the International Ural Exhibition and Forum of Industry and Innovations that will be held in the city on July 12-15, according to RIA Novosti.

McFaul said that he had copied and pasted the phrase from one of his followers, something he says he will never do again.

"The richness of the Russian language on Twitter continues to amaze me," McFaul wrote on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.

McFaul has made Russian linguistic slip-ups before. In April he apologized for his language when he called Russia a "wild country" while journalists from the state-run NTV channel were following him. In June, the U.S. envoy apologized when McFaul told students at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow that Russia had "bribed" Kyrgyz officials in 2009 to prompt the country to shut down the U.S. military airbase at the Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan, RIA Novosti.