[Ads-l] teract

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 8 08:46:05 EST 2017


Not many hits on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hashtag/teract <https://twitter.com/hashtag/teract>). Many are accompanied with Cyrillics. The earliest are 24 January 2011 by Shevyakov Alexsandr‏ and Konstantinova Lyubov‏.

The King of Magic (https://twitter.com/King_Of_Magic/status/29609459336613889 <https://twitter.com/King_Of_Magic/status/29609459336613889>) provides a hashtag “terakt” which goes back to 8 Jan 2010 in a post by типичный близнец (https://twitter.com/Mr_Serg/status/7516039735).

According to "Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote control” (http://bit.ly/2zqRALv <http://bit.ly/2zqRALv>) by Stephen Hutchings and Natalia Rulyova, the term “terakt” became a standard term in Russian minutes after the Besland school siege (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_siege <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_siege>) began on 1 September 2004.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle

> On 8 Nov 2017, at 04:50, Amy West <medievalist at W-STS.COM> wrote:
> 
> "Poligarch" jogged my memory about this:
> 
> My student (native Russian speaker) used a word new to me twice in a recent post for a class:
> 
> When I hear or say the word “hero”, one man comes to my mind, the man from a documentary movie about the teract 9.11.
> 
> 
> And
> 
> That man was usual man, employee of a company located inside one of the teracted buildings.
> 
> 
> She said she had seen the term used before online/on the web: I've never seen it before and a Google Books search doesn't turn up any instances (only skimmed the results). I even did a quickie search of American Speech online and ADS-L. :-)  Looks like a classic blend; I don't know if she's borrowed it from Russian sources/use or if it's calqued on Russian. My ability to read Cyrilic only extends to part of the alphabet so far.
> 
> ---Amy West

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