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27-09-2004, 01:20
Last week, driving by manejnaya, I once again "noticed" that TSUM billboard which covers Moscow Hotel grave. I wonder why they used four letters for a tree letter russian acronym: Centralniy Universalniy Magazin. :confused: :shhhhhh:

27-09-2004, 01:50
I can't believe I'm actually going to answer this.

I would wager it being due to the fact that it is neither Tentralniy UM nor Centralniy UM, rather Tsentralniy UM.

Unfortunately languages aren't infinitely transposable - have you ever looked up "to commute" in an English:Russian dictionary?? The Russian translation is about 5 lines long...

27-09-2004, 06:08

Hear, hear! An excellent explanation from one who teaches English, not Russian. Clearly, your Russian is better than I suspected! :-)