OT: dog days and vacations

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 22 00:34:44 UTC 2012

On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> AFAIK both versions "v otpus'ku" and "v 'otpuske" (note stress) are common.
Rtght. I know about the difference in stress. But, no one would say _v
puske_ instead of _v pusku_, rightt?

> As for the other crack, it makes little sense to me, as one means 14,
> the other 40.

Amazing! And annoying. I looked it up and *still* misspelled it! I
meant to write_chetyr'desiat'_. Well, clearly, it's rare to
non-existent, even in quite non-standard speech, else what I had in
mind would have occurred to you.

And I don't mean these as "cracks," i.e. insulting remarks. Izvinite! :-(
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.
-Mark Twain

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