OT: dog days and vacations

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 20 20:05:25 UTC 2012

On Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> "otpusk"

Also, "(military) leave, furlough," as we used it in the Army?

WRT dialectology, the Army Language School taught only _v otpusku_,
but we intercepted _krasnoarmiecy_ using _v otpuske_, as they
sometimes used _chetyr'nadcac'_ instead of _sorok_.

Since this was fifty years ago, have these nails that were sticking up
been hammered down?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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