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Meaning of "Оставайтесь инкогнито" in this context

Russian Language Asked by user14825 on January 4, 2022

I’m looking for someone to help me understand an exchange I had on Instagram. I studied Russian about 13 years ago and have been trying to practice recently. I followed some Instagram accounts for dogs in Russia.

Edit: Note I’m not talking about a dog. It was in reference to pictures of dinner.

The exchange

Me: "это выглядит аппетитно"

Them :"спасибо, а вы у нас кто?"

Me : "Я никто"

Them :"ну и ладненько"

Me: "Извенинте. Я здесь толко для того, чтобы посмотреть на таксу."

Them: "Оставайтесь инкогнито"

инкогнито looks like a transliteration of incognito from English but in English, this basically only means to remain in secret. Is this in reference to not saying who I was?

2 Answers

This looks like a straight out of dictionary question.

incognito - "with the real identity concealed"

Me : "Я никто" / "I am noboby"

...

Them: "Оставайтесь инкогнито" / "[So] Stay nobody"

Answered by Alexander on January 4, 2022

Russian инкогнито means pretty much the same as English "incognito": "concealing one's real identity".

It's not a transliteration of the English word: both words have been borrowed independently.

Оставайтесь инкогнито literally means "stay incognito", implying "OK, don't disclose your real identity if you don't want to".

Answered by Quassnoi on January 4, 2022

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