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samizdat (SAH-miz-daht) noun

An underground publishing system to print and circulate banned literature clandestinely. Also, such literature.

[From Russian samizdat, from samo- (self) + izdatelstvo (publishing house), from izdat (to publish). Coined facetiously on the model of Gosizdat (State Publishing House).]

"This remarkable little book (People Power Uli!) includes jokes, text messages, cartoons and poems of the revolt. It is both funny and a valuable record of samizdat literature and Philippine popular culture." Alastair Dingwall, Estrada's Fall From Grace, Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), Jan 17, 2002.

This week's theme: words from Russian.


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. -Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

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