A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Sat Dec 18 01:04:04 UTC 1999

Joseph McCollum wrote:
> In Russian, the patronymic is the middle name and not the surname.
> Mikhail Sergeivich Gorbachev's father was named Sergei.
> In the last days of the Soviet Union, C-SPAN televised the proceedings of
> the Soviet
> Parliament.  Members would get up and say, "Mikhail Sergeivich, you're
> ruining the country!"  Now, no one ever called me by first and middle
> names except my mother.

Well, you could call it a middle name because it sits in the middle, but the
form of address given-name + patronymic in Russian is the equivalent of the
English "Ms./Mr." + family-name.  In the communist era, you would hear "Citizen"
+ family-name.

Andrea Bernardovna
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Sun-Netscape Alliance i18n architect
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