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.
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

Russian numbers and their dual meanings

Russian numbers and their dual meanings

December 20, 2013 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

Two, three, four and five are the customary designations of school marks in Russia’s five-point system. Yet these numbers have additional meanings in Russian

The beasts of the Russian linguistic menagerie

The beasts of the Russian linguistic menagerie

December 5, 2013 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

People have always endowed animals with human traits: loyalty, industry, and arrogance. In the Russian language, this has generated numerous similes

Brother to brother: Russian slang for men

Brother to brother: Russian slang for men

November 8, 2013 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

The sentiment all Russian words for “woman” share is probably love; for “man”, that sentiment is undoubtedly friendship

Booze, alkie, half-liter: A Russian dictionary of alcohol

Booze, alkie, half-liter: A Russian dictionary of alcohol

October 24, 2013 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

Arguably, the word “to drink” has more synonyms than any other in Russian. “To yank,” “to nip,” “to cut into,” “to knock back.” – all these verbs, and many others, are used in Russian to refer to the process of consuming alcohol

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