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Mustache Wise
July 01, 2008

Mustache Wise

By Mikhail Ivanov

Whenever I "hide a smile in my mustache," a certain old friend from across the ocean feels uneasy and nervous...

Far & Away
May 01, 2008

Far & Away

By Mikhail Ivanov

A consideration of the many Russia ways to signify the boondocks, the middle-of-nowhere, etc.

The 25-year Coat
January 01, 2008

The 25-year Coat

By Mikhail Ivanov

The acquisition of a shuba for his wife on their 25th anniversary leads Ivanov down a trail littered with fish and tsars...

Like a Good Neighbor
July 01, 2007

Like a Good Neighbor

By Mikhail Ivanov

There are good neighbors and there are bad neighbors. In this linguistic diversion, we peer under the hood for useful phrases in dealing with either sort.

Of Pigs and Oranges
March 01, 2007

Of Pigs and Oranges

By Mikhail Ivanov

It is the Year of the Pig, so what better time to consider the influence of porcine phrases and words on the Russian language?

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