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Russia is the Motherland of Elephants: Metamorphosis of an International Joke

Dushenko K.V.


Russian idiom «Russia is the Motherland of Elephants» goes back to the Soviet joke of the late 1940 s. This joke in turn was a remake of a widely known international joke that arose during the World War I and became the source of the Polish idiom «The Elephant and the Polish Question».


phraseological units; political jokes; the struggle for priority; national psychology.

DOI: 10.31249/hoc/2019.04.08

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