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#56694 03/15/02 03:19 AM
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Glasnost by itself isn't good for much, Bill, but combine it with perestroika and we can all relive the Cold War. They go together like Quemoy and Matsu.


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it's my considered opinion that Anu missed out on the chance to gloss one of the most interesting Russian words of all: poshlost /POSH lust/ a well-rounded, untranslatable whole made up of banality, vulgarity and sham; it applies not only to obvious trash (verbal and animate), but also to spurious beauty, spurious importance, spurious cleverness...

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Anu missed out on the chance to gloss one of the most interesting Russian words of all: poshlost

Don't blame it on Anu-- the guest AWADer this week is Rudy Chelminski. I agree, by the way, that poshlost would have been a much more interesting WAD than nyet.


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There are a couple points of interest here. The way "nyet" is used in the example, it is a noun. But ordinarily, according to my dictionary, it is an adverb. And English "no" is an adverb, which I did not kinow before.


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>Don't blame it on Anu...

why not? he's been dictating to jazzo on our list.

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Dear slithy: I'll bet few members remember what Quemoy and Matsu refer to.


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>I'll bet few members remember...

define 'few'.

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Dear tsuwm: the last time Quemoy and Matsu were in news was in Eisenhower administration, I think. And then briefly enough to be readily forgettable. So if ten percent of board members remember them, I'd be mildly surprised.

A URL about it:http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/elections/1960/editorial1.html

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>So if ten percent of board members remember them, I'd be mildly surprised.

well, since not even close to 10% of board members participate (and then there's all those split-personalities), it's going to be a rough go, statistically speaking. but then we're a pretty old bunch.

I remember them well; fallout shelters too.

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I remember.

The Few. The Proud. The Ugly.


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