Posted by TheFallen on March 08, 2003
In Reply to: "Babushka" posted by Pavel on March 08, 2003
: What does "babushka" mean? So far as I know it`s a loan-translation. It has a meaning of grandmother (or old woman) in Russian. But it has another meaning in English, I guess.
This from the archives on this site:
babushka, indeed is literally the headscarf ... but the connotation is the elderly ladies themselves. (American equivalent = bluehairs). In Russia, Poland, and other Salvic cultures, the baushkas are a formidable lot, those who run their households with a firm hand. They were the ones who stood in the long lines of Soviet-era shopping, and you really didn't want to tangle with them.
More on Babushkas and other Russian derivatives at the link to the archives below.