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Notes of a Wordhunter: An Experimental English-Russian Dictionary of Prickly Words and Phrases

Michael Kayser

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ISBN 10: 088400337X / ISBN 13: 9780884003373
Published by Schreiber Language, 2012
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Title: Notes of a Wordhunter: An Experimental ...

Publisher: Schreiber Language

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Bilingual.

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You are a translator, an interpreter or a just a lover of Russian. You are on the prowl for just the right word or phrase to add depth and richness to your expression Your prey is illusive, hidden in the endless forest of one of the world s great languages. Now you have a new weapon. This breakthrough dictionary, Notes of a Wordhunter, will help you to search behind every fallen tree, under every stone, at the bottom of every steep ravine. You will beam with satisfaction at each new conquest. Even when hell freezes over you will be ready. But let your friends fall for that hook, line and sinker. You will be able to get real and remember what you learned in the school of hard knocks. When somebody is bad to the bone and the cop yells spread eagle, you can now follow the action all the way to Boot Hill. Of course the Lone Ranger wouldn t end up there, would he kimosabe? Not so sure? Don t worry. There s no bait and switch here. Just open this book and on every page you will find wonderful gems from the mother tongue. Being a Wordhunter has never been more rewarding.

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Michael Kayser once served as a English to Russian translator in the political section of the USSR division of the Voice of America. One performance evaluation read, in part, as follows: His mastery of the Russian language often exceeded that of his Russian-born colleagues. Mr. Kayser possesses an incredibly large vocabulary and a wonderful feel for the language and the ability to use it effectively and with style. During the 1990 s, Kayser handled a multitude of assignments as an English to Russian simultaneous contract interpreter for the U.S. Department of State He is an ATA (American Translators Association) certified English-Russian/Russian-English translator. He is the author of , a linguistically stylized biography of the famous Russian lexicographer, Vladimir Ivanovich Dal. This work was published in the prestigious quarterly New Review (Noviy Zhurnal), New York, No224, 2001, and in Novaya Gazeta, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, October, 2001. Excerpts from his The Psalms of Greater Russia ( ) were published by Arzamas Press, Nizniy Novgorod, 2004. In January of 2007 the author s essay on the Amish ( ) appeared in the Russian magazine . Kayser has studied Russian since 1968 and is an indefatigable fighter for the purity and spirit of this great language. Married since 2000, his wife, Marina is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. With a degree in law, she devoted her life to a career in the St. Petersburg Police Department, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. They take pride in the fact that their home is a true refuge for an incredible tongue whose richness and depth have all too often taken a back seat to the expediencies of the twenty-first century.

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