Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Got wondering, when I saw this headline in the Times, and appreciated the Russian suffix, whether the Russian отказник is someone who does the refusing or is experiencing a refusal.

Was amused to learn that the Russian отказник can be the one who refuses (e.g. to be drafted in the military service), the one who is refused (specifically, the permission to leave the country), or the one who is rejected/abandoned. I didn't know about the second meaning (the main one in the dictionaries), and the third, for whatever reason, was for me the primary one.

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