In The Russian Word’s Worth, Michele Berdy allows herself the pleasure of a good, long rant.
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There are lots of Russian words, nice and not, to describe the older gentlemen in our lives.
Lots of things glitter and glimmer with sparkles of gold and silver in Russian. For example - air.
An exhibition at the Gulag History Museum and a new dictionary reveal the other reality of the USSR.
Lock or castle, cotton or clapping - it's all a matter of where the stress falls. Russian is very stressful.
Rebellions can be good or bad. Depends on who's rebelling and who or what they are rebelling against.
A special column for a special day.
This is the Year That Was in words and phrases.
Which Russian verb do you use to work badly? How do you ride into heaven? It's all in a day's work.
Borshch - is it Russian, Ukrainian, or Polish? Will language tell us? I dive back in time to find out.
Would you want to be урод? In 1254 you would have been happy to be урод. Now - not so much.