In The Russian Word’s Worth, Michele Berdy allows herself the pleasure of a good, long rant.
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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.
You know how you sometimes wish your language had a foreign word in it? I want выборщик.
What do стоить and стоять have in common? Not much - oh, except for one very important thing.
Is it worth reading? How much does it cost? It's nothing. All this for the price of one word: стоить.
Getting Russian prepositions and cases right is my life's goal. Judging by "c" I've got a long way to go.
Russians not only like to go fast, they like to talk about going fast.
Whoever names fruit cultivars in Russia should get a lifetime achievement award.