Streetwise Professor

April 28, 2013

Is Your Name Not Vlad, Then? That’s Going to Cause A Little Confusion!

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Professor @ 1:49 pm

What’s up with the prevalence of the name Vlad in the comments? ┬áIt reminds me of one of my favorite Python sketches:

So, to all commentors: Mind if I call you Vlad?

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  1. Vlad thinks that the name should be a prerequisite for comment here.. or anywhere else, for that matter. Just kidding. Vlad loves the free exchange of ideas. At least OUTSIDE of Russia or the White House.

    [Again suspended from Twitter due to comments expressed during WHCD last night. Oh well.]

    Comment by ObamaPutin — April 28, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  2. Professor, what Vlads, other than myself, do you see here? I see another Vlad here once in a while, but not that often.

    If the name Vlad irritates you (because of Lenin and Putin?), you can refer to me in full: Vladislav. Vlad/Vladik are the short versions of Vladislav. It is not a very common name, the most famous being Homulka, Krapivin and Surkov. In Slavic it mean “possessing glory/fame”.

    Vladimir means “possessing the world”. They are not Vlads, Their shorts are Vova/Volodya, or, in the case of Putin – Vovan, Vovchik, Vovochka, Mini-Pakhan (Pakhan is the nickname for Stalin), VVP (GDP), etc.

    Vladivostok means possessing the East, Vladikavkaz – possessing Kavkaz, etc.

    Comment by Vladislav Rutenburg — April 28, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

  3. BTW, your own nick is not uncommon either. When I was an undergraduate, graduate and researcher at the Stanford Research Institute and Wall Street, I met people named “Professor” dozens of times per day.

    Comment by Vladislav Rutenburg — April 28, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

  4. Only if it is followed by Draco and preceded by Mr.

    Comment by sotos — April 29, 2013 @ 7:09 am

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