Who is behind pochemuchka?

Gerald Drißner (drissner.me) is a journalist and book author from Austria. He is running pochemuchka (a self publishing company) and publishes books about Arabic and Islam under this label. Gerald has been studying Arabic since 2006 solely in Arab countries and is the author of the blog Arabic for Nerds.

Currently, he is based in Berlin, Germany.

What does pochemuchka mean?

pochemuchka (почемучка) is a Russian word which roughly translates as a person who asks too many questions. You pronounce it like počemúčka.

The word relates to a Russian children’s book (Что я ви́дел; Što ja vídel, What I saw), which tells the story of a child who was given the nickname Alyosha Pochemuchka because he was never satisfied with the answers he got.

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