Skip to product information
1 of 7

T-shirt - Bavovna!

T-shirt - Bavovna!

Regular price $40.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $40.00 USD
Sale Sold out
Tax included.

Бавовна /bavóvna/ is a recently-introduced meme about the current russo-Ukrainian war (2014-current). It is, indeed, a linguistic phenomenon. There are three factors at play here: Throughout recent years, russian propaganda uses various euphemisms and newspeak to diminish the importance of catastrophic events in its controlled territories: terms like "newly available manpower" for "rise in unemployment", "water-soaking" for "flood", "a negative rise of the economic growth" for "economic decline", etc. One of the most used terms is хлопо́к (/xlopók/ - clap, pop) for "explosion". The Ukrainian word for "clap" is also хлопо́к; note the stress on the 2nd syllable. The word хло́пок (/xlópok/ - cotton) has the same spelling, except it has stress on the 1st syllable. The Ukrainian word for "cotton" is бавовна. Like everywhere, russian Internet trolls continue the information war on Ukrainian social media. Most of them do not speak Ukrainian, but they pretend as Ukrainians in order to deceive Ukrainians. They use machine translation from russian to Ukrainian, which leads to the following kind of posts: bavovna Слышен мощный хлопок rus - a severe clap was heard; Чулася потужна бавовна ukr - a severe cotton was heard. Once appeared, this word became a meme from there on and began its own evolution in Ukrainian social networks and on public news agencies to denote explosions on russian military bases and on the front line. 


Art by Sashko Danylenko.

30% of proceeds go to support Ukrainian non-profits.


View full details