Spanish dictionary update

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jul 27 15:29:37 UTC 2013

At 7/26/2013 11:15 PM, W Brewer wrote:
>Seems that the Soviet-era <troika> 'a Soviet triumvirate' has been EXTENDED
>to a non-Soviet (~"Russkie") context, i.e. to Western Europe, with a
>connotation of sinister, heartless, ham-fisted bureaucracy controlling the
>fate of hapless millions. Maybe it's figurative (a slippery literary term
>at best).

The eminently literary Oxford English Dictionary (employing an
encyclopedic vocabulary, but having a weak plot) endeavors to level
the slippery slope by categorizing "extended" uses separately from
"figurative" -- which is why I asked.


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