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Offline JamesAPrattIII

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Period russian slang
« on: December 10, 2019, 05:04:07 PM »
here is some period Russian slang terms:

White crow: odd ball

Sitting (in prison) a revolutionary once asked Stalin where he been the reply "sitting"

White Boned: blue blood a member of the nobility

Black boned: not a member of the nobility

Offline Sanochka

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Re: Period russian slang
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 01:15:04 PM »
Interesting, especially the one about "sitting."  I can imagine it arose from there not being much to do in prison except for sitting - and probably lamenting about the unfairness of it all.  If I can remember correctly, it's used a lot in "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich."  "Sitting out his term" is a bit incongruous given how busy the prisoners were every waking moment.