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[A]ccording to researchers’ calculations, William Shakespeare ’s lexicon comprises twelve thousand words. The lexicon of a Negro from the cannibalistic tribe Mumbo-Jumbo comprises three hundred words. Ellochka Shchukina got by easily and freely with thirty.
Here are the words, phrases, and interjections she judiciously chose out of the entire great, powerful, word-rich Russian language:
Ho-ho! (This expresses, depending on the circumstances: irony, amazement, rapture, hatred, joy, disdain, and satisfaction .)
Dismal. (Said about everything. For example: “dismal Petya came over,” “dismal weather,” “a dismal occasion,” “a dismal tomcat,” and so forth.)
Horror. (Horrible. For example, on running into a dear friend: “a horrible meeting.”)
Little fellow. (Said about all men of her acquaintance, regardless of age or social standing.)
Don’t teach me how to live.
Like . . . a baby. (“It was like taking candy from a baby,” said about a card game. “I smacked him like a baby’s bottom,” said, evidently, during a conversation with the responsible lessee.)
Fat and handsome. (Used to characterize animate and inanimate objects.)
Let’s take a horse-cab. (Said to her husband.)
Let’s take a taxi-waxi. (To male acquaintances.)
Your back is all white. (A joke.)
Ulya. (An affectionate ending for names. For example: Mishulya, Zinulya.)
Oho! (Irony, amazement, rapture, hatred, joy, disdain, and satisfaction.)
The extremely insignificant number of remaining words served as communicative links between Ellochka and salesclerks .
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-06-19 07:40||
#3 Ideally, some reporter would ask AOC if she has ever visited a WW II death camp and follow up with a few questions about that time that I'm sure she could not answer. Realistically, nothing like that will ever happen.
Posted by M. Murcek 2019-06-19 10:06||
#4 #3 Ideally, some reporter would ask AOC if she has ever visited a WW II death
I wonder if she has ever visited the U.S.-Mexico border.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-06-19 11:34||
#5 'I don't use those words lightly'
Deep thoughts from AOC.
Other deep thoughts from AOC:
'When you close the refrigerator door, does the light turn off? How do you know?'
'Cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny.'
'If a #2 pencil is so popular, why isn't it #1?'
'Should I worry about a false flag starting a war, or what caused the war in the first place?'
Posted by gorb 2019-06-19 18:10||
#6 Oh *SNAP*, on that last line, Gorb
Posted by Frank G 2019-06-19 19:21||