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The Babushka Factor
July 01, 2006

The Babushka Factor

By Mikhail Ivanov

Every foreigner knows the word "babushka" before they even start studying Russian. But it takes some study (or this column) to plumb the depths of meaning hidden in this word.

War-Torn Language
May 01, 2005

War-Torn Language

By Mikhail Ivanov

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we look at how war language has infiltated the civilian argot.

Virtual Russian
March 01, 2005

Virtual Russian

By Alex Lane

A look at the language (which at times hardly seems like Russian) which reigns on the RuNet.

To Queue or Not to Queue
September 01, 2004

To Queue or Not to Queue

By Lina Rozovskaya

An exploration of the language of queueing in Russia. Lines did not disappear with the end of the Soviet regime, so neither did the language of this cultural institution.

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