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nyet (nyet) adverb, noun

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[From Russian nyet (no).]

"There's another difference between Silicon Valley and the corporate hierarchy In most companies there's only one place to pitch a new idea - up the chain of command--and just one nyet can kill it. In the Valley there's no one person who can say no to a new idea. It's rare to find a successful startup whose initial business plan wasn't rejected by several venture capitalists before finding a sponsor." Gary Hamel, Reinvent Your Company, Fortune (New York), Jun 12, 2000.

This week's theme: words from Russian.

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The woods are lovely, dark and deep. / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep / And miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

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