Double agents in Russian language

Alexey Mikheev
Alexey Mikheev, a Ph.D. candidate, linguist and editor-in-chief of the “Slovari XXI Veka” (“Dictionaries of the 21st Century”) web portal, reveals unusual Russian words and words in the language that have double meanings. Each of these words belongs to an important part of the country's history and helps others to understand Russians better.
Pop memes: Verses that became more than just lines

Pop memes: Verses that became more than just lines

August 1, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

After the fall of the Soviet Union and the removal of the restrictions of censorship, Russian pop music broke free and boldly began to dance. Sometimes vulgar, occasionally tasteless, at times funny, Russian pop was always a perfect reflection of its time...

A question of taste: The untranslatable word 'poshlost'

A question of taste: The untranslatable word 'poshlost'

May 29, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

The Russian language has notions that do not have direct equivalents in other cultures, so the words that denote them often do have an accurate translation into other languages. One of these words is "poshlost"

Geography as part of language

Geography as part of language

March 20, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

A number of expressions and collocations in Russian feature geographical adjectives. Many of these refer to places abroad and have their origins in food, history and culture

Ten more well-known Russian words

Ten more well-known Russian words

February 20, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

Following "The 10 most well-known Russian words", readers have responded with suggestions of more Russian words that have become known and used internationally

To be brief: Russian political acronyms

To be brief: Russian political acronyms

February 13, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

Similarly to other languages, Russian has long made use of acronyms; they are particularly common in the ideological sphere

Sudar, gospodin, grazhdanin: Let me address you

Sudar, gospodin, grazhdanin: Let me address you

February 6, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

There are numerous ways of addressing a person in Russian, depending on whether you want to make your address tender, respectful, offensive, or official

The basics of the best Russian drinking toasts

The basics of the best Russian drinking toasts

December 26, 2013 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

It is customary in Russia to propose a toast before each new round of drinks. At official events, the toasts are serious and earnest. At a party with close friends in attendance, they are usually ironic and jocular

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