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Death in Russian, continued

Remember this blog where I mentioned the Russian tradition of bringing an even number of flowers to the funeral? We will talk about that and other traditions surrounding Russian funerals as well as vocabulary that relates to death in general. Flowers So, the even number of flowers comes from old-time beliefs that even numbers symbolize a completed cycle, and therefore are appropriate at a funeral. On the other hand, giving an odd number of flowers for a joyous occasion represents movement a...
Tags: Russia, Culture, Linguistics, Traditions, Vocabulary, Russian Culture, Pixabay, when in Russia, Russian life, Russian Vocabulary, death in Russian, Goran Horvat, Pexels Words


Monthly gleanings for April 2021

I have received two letters: one asked me about the origin of dog, the other about bodkin. In the past, I have written about both words. As regards dog, see the post for 4 May 2016 (the beginning of a series). I have nothing new to say about this enigmatic animal name, but it might be useful to expand the post on bodkin (7 October 2015), which, by association, was followed by a post on body (14 October 2015). Bodkin and its kin There is no need to repeat in detail what I wrote five years ago, an...
Tags: Europe, Books, Western Europe, Eurasia, Adams, Baldwin, Joseph Wright, Walter W Skeat, Pixabay, Bodkin, Wilhelm Oehl, Hermann F Richter, Mugar Memorial Library, Baduvila, Elias Shariff Falla Mardini, Constantinos Ragazas


Do you know how Warsaw got its guardian mermaid?

I’m pretty sure that most of you, who visited Warsaw, noticed different mermaid statues, carvings and paintings. They appear everywhere. Feisty and beautiful, this fish-tailed creature is called Syrenka, the guardian mermaid, The Mermaid of Warsaw! Old Town Square and the guardian mermaid. Photo taken & used with permission from Kasia Scontsas You may wonder, where did she come from? Well, there are two different stories. Myself in front of one of the mermaid statues. Photo taken & used with ...
Tags: Ukraine, History, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Uefa, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Kazimierz, Places to visit, Pixabay, Vistula River, Warsaw Old Town Square, Polish History, Michael Photo, Kasia Scontsas


Grow Your Small Business: Video Replays and Live Event Invitation

I’ve previously invited my audience to join me in the BizSugar Mastermind small business community. And I’ve shared about the new BizSugar Live Webinars, too. Today is a great day to register for the next event taking place this coming Wednesday, 4/28/21 at noon central. Google My Business: Optimizing Your Listing We are fortunate to have GMB Platinum Product Expert Ben Fisher presenting. He is one of only 14 experts answering questions for Google. Ben knows there is a lot more to Google ...
Tags: Google, Videos, Business, Ppc, ANN, Ben, BizSugar, Google My Business, Whitespark, Ann Smarty, Ben Fisher, Monique Johnson, Small Business Advice, Pixabay, Ivana Taylor, Darren Shaw


My favorite memories of spending Easter in Poland

I have so many memories of celebrating different holidays I spent in Poland.  As you know, Poland is a country with rich traditions. Despite being at the heart of much destruction during World War II, it has kept much of its cultural heritage remarkably intact. Easter in Poland is filled with amazing customs! Easter. Image by tomekszeremeta1 from Pixabay There are couple things that I remember particularly and they bring smile to my face anytime I think of growing up in Poland and spending Eas...
Tags: Culture, Food, History, Religion, Traditions


The A-Z of the Russian Banya

A trip to ру́сская ба́ня (Russian banya/ Russian sauna) is a healing cultural experience for your mind and body. Many Russians have a баня (banya) on their dachas and might be enjoying the “jumping in the snow after banya” in their backyards with the last of this winter’s snow. Image by KSchlott from Pixabay Tips for Russian sauna: Image by author Avoid drinking alcohol. Despite the stereotypical associations of banya and drinking, this healthy spa-outing requires zero alcohol in-take. Av...
Tags: US, Culture, Linguistics, Traditions, Russian Culture, Pixabay, when in Russia, Russian life, Banya, Russian traditions, Russian banya, Russian sauna, Pixabay Tips


Coronavirus Update 2-22-2021: Get ready for the glut of Covid whistleblower tag-along claims

The headline reads, "Ex-Manager Sues Ample Hills in Lawsuit Alleging Harassment and Unsafe COVID-19 Protocols" (emphasis mine).Here's the lede:Bryce Mottram, a former general manager at one of quirky ice cream purveyor Ample Hills' scoop shops, has filed a lawsuit in New York Eastern District Court alleging that he was fired from the company in retaliation for speaking up about instances of sexual harassment and unsafe COVID-19 workplace protocols at the company.I firmly believe that for the n...
Tags: Law, Hassan, OSHA, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Ample Hills, Coronavirus, Bryce Mottram, New York Eastern District Court


Coronavirus Update 2-12-2021: Get ready for the glut of Covid whistleblower tag-along claims

The headline reads, "Ex-Manager Sues Ample Hills in Lawsuit Alleging Harassment and Unsafe COVID-19 Protocols" (emphasis mine).Here's the lede:Bryce Mottram, a former general manager at one of quirky ice cream purveyor Ample Hills' scoop shops, has filed a lawsuit in New York Eastern District Court alleging that he was fired from the company in retaliation for speaking up about instances of sexual harassment and unsafe COVID-19 workplace protocols at the company.I firmly believe that for the n...
Tags: Law, Hassan, OSHA, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Ample Hills, Bryce Mottram, New York Eastern District Court


The number one reason not to have a labor union

You would think that an employee who purposely defecates on the workplace floor in an act of revenge against his boss and then brags about it is worthy of termination. And you'd be correct 100 percent of the time … unless that employee is a member of a labor union. An arbitration board cited the employee's lengthy, faithful service record to the company and other mitigating circumstances in reinstating him.  As a result, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that it had no choice but to...
Tags: Law, CBA, Board, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Jon Hyman, Pixabay


Pop culture as a means to break down inherent biases and prejudiced divides

Think about it. If you want to know where the American public is, look at the money being spent on advertising. Did you ever five years ago think every second or third ad out of five or six you turn on would be biracial couples. [Applause] No, I'm not being facetious. The reason I'm so hopeful is this new generation. They're not like us. They're thinking differently. They're more open. And we have to take advantage of it.Those were the words of President Biden last night, speaking about race r...
Tags: Law, Biden, Cnn Town Hall, Jon Hyman, Pixabay


10 Free Image Sharing Platforms

The internet is home to numerous free image sharing platforms – both free and priced. Image sharing on the internet is one of the newest ways of “blogging”. Some people just can’t be bothered to read through lengthy texts. Also, since styles and looks are such important factors to branding, many bloggers resort to image sharing platforms for marketing their blogs. Just recently, Instagram and Facebook has faced significant backlash over some security issues. Many users are looking for newer and ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Adobe, Advertising, Social Media, Photo Sharing, Imgur, Behance, Facebook Here, Photobucket, Blog Tips, DepositPhotos, Pixabay, Smugmug, Vero Vero


Russian Diminutives Part II

“Diminutives” is one of the coolest aspects of Russian, but you know what’s even cooler? Finding an old Part I blog on this channel about diminutives and realizing that there isn’t a Part II in the archives. Your insightful comments on that blog (and really all the blogs here) are so contagiously curious about the Russian language that I just can’t resist sharing all that was said about diminutives and giving you the promised part II. First, how do we know which suffix to use with what word? Bec...
Tags: David, Culture, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Russian Language, Ebenezer Scrooge, OG, Charly, Pixabay, Pexels, Nouns and their grammar, Yelena, Other Blogs, Russian grammar, Russian diminutives


How to Write the Best Email Newsletter

There are many ways on how to write the best email newsletter ever. Having a newsletter is essential for any blogger. It could be used to update readers about the latest content. It could also be used to promote contests and giveaways that readers can join. It is one of the great ways to drive in traffic into your blog. Newsletters are among the best marketing strategies any blog can have. Marketing via email newsletters are significantly more effective than social media marketing in the past. A...
Tags: General, Advertising, Marketing, Don, Newsletters, Pixabay, StartupStockPhotos


H.B. 352 finally fixes Ohio’s broken employment discrimination statute for employers

For lack of more artful description, Ohio's employment discrimination law was a mess. It exposed employers to claims for up to six years (the longest such statute of limitations in the country), contained no less than three different ways for employees to file age discrimination claims (each with different remedies and filing deadlines), rendered managers and supervisors personally liable for discrimination, and omitted any filing prerequisites with the state civil rights agency. The start of 20...
Tags: Jon Hyman


Got COVID relief money questions? The IRS has updated its online answers

Photo: Pixabay via Pexels The good news, at least from the reports I'm getting from my family, friends, folks in the tax community and social media, is that people are getting their second COVID-19 economic impact payments (EIPs). This latest round of payments officially is a tax credit known as the Recovery Rebate. It was part of the end-of-year federal funding bill, aka the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The Internal Revenue Service started directly depositing the money, b...
Tags: Taxes, Post Office, Caa, Irs, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Agency, Veterans Administration VA, Pixabay, Direct Express, COVID, Economic Impact Payment?Yes IRS, Social Security Administration Veteran Affairs


Making Plans For The Next Year

The time is approaching to take stock and make New Year’s Resolutions: make yourself promises and plans for the next year. Let’s summarize the year’s results ( результаты ) first. 2020 has been a crazy year. But finally, it is ending. After the holiday wishes ( пожелания ) this year, people invariably add, “I hope 2021 is a better year for all of us!” Image by iXimus from Pixabay On the other hand, 2020 wasn’t boring, was it? We managed to adapt to the new reality: working from home, h...
Tags: Goals, Spain, Language, Linguistics, Dreams, New Year's Resolutions, New Year Resolutions, Russian Language, Don, Making Plans, Vocabulary, Pixabay, 2021, Marco Verch, Wheel of Life, Pathway


’Twas the Employment Law Night Before Christmas

In what has become an annual tradition for my final post of the year, I bring you the holiday classic, ’Twas the Employment Law Night Before Christmas. To all of my readers, after a 2020 no one will ever forget, thank you all for reading, commenting, and sharing, and please have a happy and safe holiday season. I’ll see everyone on January 4, 2021, with fresh content to kick off the new year. ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the officeNot a creature was stirring … well, just...
Tags: Law, Said, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Biljana Jovanovic


Flickr's top 25 images of 2020: all rights reserved

Leticia Roncero, Community Manager at Flickr, shared the platform's top 25 images of 2020. Since they are all marked "all rights reserved," here's a great puppy photo from Pexels. It has 13.4 million views and is free to use under Creative Commons (CC0). — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Photography, News, Creative Commons, Flickr, Pixabay, Pexels, Leticia Roncero


ЖЕ: particle or conjunction?

ЖЕ [pronounced “zhe”, see here for audio] can be either a particle or conjunction. Either way, it is written separately from the words it modifies and can add a lot of “flavor” to your Russian. ЖЕ as a particle The main function of this particle is to either intensify the word before, or show the similarity between things. In the first instance, the message that is being intensified can range from persuasive to threatening and everything in between. For example: Отста́ньте же от меня́! (Leav...
Tags: Uncategorized, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Kate, Russian Language, Masha, Particles, Russian for beginners, Russian conjunctions, Gerd Altmann, Conjunctions, Russian grammar, Russian particles, Albrecht Fietz, Pixabay Particle


Coronavirus Update 12-9-2020: Maskual harassment, part 2

"I wish I could see your pretty lips if they match ur eyes.""Come on, sweetie. Lemme see that pretty face under there. Take it off for me, will you? Just a quick flash.""I can be covid and make you short of breath.""I don't wear a condom; I sure as hell aren't going to wear a mask!""Social distancing? My pocket rocket can still reach you.""I'll take your mask off and stick my tongue down your throat."These are just a few of the hundreds of awful and offensive comments to which service industry w...
Tags: Law, Lem, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Markus Winkler


Russian phrases-homophones

You might have seen a post or a meme of the “good luck non-native speakers” nature before, and not necessarily about Russian grammar ( think of “Who’s on first” by Abbott and Costello). The internet is full of them and, frankly, some are a hoot and a half. But while I’m also guilty of “sharing” and “liking” grammar and language memes, I would like to take my time today to dissect one of those “Russian is so confusing” memes. Image from okayno 1. И ди́ко мне vs иди́ ко мне И дико мне – it’s odd...
Tags: Uncategorized, Language, Linguistics, Abbott, Anton, Pronunciation, Pixabay, Russian for beginners, Russian song lyrics, learning Russian is fun, Russian homophones, Bruce Detorres, Игорь Саруханов Igor Sarukhanov, Violin fox Puddles, Niek Verlaan, Zivert


News from Poland you might have missed recently.

While our attention has been gripped by the US Presidential Election, the world is still going forward. With that here are couple biggest stories in Poland which may have missed your attention during coverage of the race for the White House. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 1. Since October 22nd, hundreds of thousands across Poland have been protesting—in over five hundred cities and towns! The term for the protests is “Women’s Strike” (Strajk Kobiet), although it’s not just women participat...
Tags: Politics, Government, White House, Women, US, Regulations, Eu, Culture, United States, Linguistics, Poland, Rudy, Bahamas, Warsaw, Countries, Constitutional Court


Ordinal Numbers in Russian

На пе́рвый-второ́й рассчита́йсь! This phrase has got to be the only thing I remember from НВП classes in high school (Нача́льная Вое́нная Подгото́вка = basic military training). It’s part of the drill to assign either “first” or “second” to people in a line so that they can easily be divided into two groups for other drills and reformations. Our topic is going to concern basic things and numbers as well, specifically – поря́дковые числи́тельные (ordinal numbers), focusing only on numbers 1-10. ...
Tags: Grammar, Linguistics, Russian Language, Pixabay, Russian for beginners, Arek Socha, Russian grammar, beginner Russian, Numbers and counting, Ordinal Numbers, Russian Cases, Russian numbers, Kevin Sanderson


5 Effective Grassroots Marketing Strategies to Use in 2020

Many small business owners don’t have the budget to sponsor massive advertising campaigns. That’s why they rely on grassroots marketing to help them get their message across to their target audience in the most cost-efficient way. Grassroots marketing simply refers to “starting from the ground up” which is where most brands begin. Although grassroots marketing is particularly well-suited to small businesses, it can also be used by larger brands as an effective strategy to make smaller, more tar...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Local, Bosch, Host, CSIC, Word of Mouth, Pixabay, Pexels, Inbound, Marketing (WOMM


Sites to Get Free News-Related Images

Images are important in creating any type of content. It gives focuses on the topic and sets a perspective for the readers. For journalists, content creators, and bloggers, it is difficult to write about world-related news when you are confined to only one place in the world. It is difficult to write about an event that happened thousands of miles away. Uploading and downloading works on the internet is a gray area for many. A lot of photographers and artists do not get attribution for their w...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Advertising, Guides, Jopwell, Pixabay, Google Image Search, Free Images, Jopwell Collection Talk


Coronavirus Update 10-5-2020: Your employees should never learn about positive test from anyone but you

Ninety percent of the [White House] complex most certainly learned about it in the news, as has been the case ever since. There are reports that COVID is spreading like wildfire through the White House. There are hundreds and hundreds of people who work on-complex, some who have families with high-risk family members. Since this whole thing started, not one email has gone out to tell employees what to do or what's going on. –  If your employees are learning about a positive COVID-19 diagnos...
Tags: Law, White House, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Wokandapix


7 tips to manage political discussions at work

Did you watch the Presidential Debate Tuesday night? Do you think it showcased the best of America? If you do, I think you were tuned to the wrong channel. In fact, I'd argue that it was the low point of American presidential campaign history, if not all of Amerian presidential history. Our country is broken. We are more divided than we have been in 155 years. This division also exists among your employees. Approximately half will be Red/Republican/Trump and the other approximate half will be ...
Tags: Law, America, Trump, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, StockSnap, COVID, Red Republican Trump, Blue Democrat Biden Given


What beer lovers can expect in Poland?

Beer lovers will not be disappointed visiting Poland! There is a lot to choose from:) Beer is incredibly popular in Poland, mostly lagers and pilsners. But there are also some excellent Baltic-style porters. The most popular breweries in Poland are Tyskie, Żywiec, Lech and Okocim. Czech and German beers can also be found in Poland, which makes sense due to the closeness (geographically) of the three countries. Until 2012, craft beer in Poland was non-existent. Today, Poland is one of the fastest...
Tags: Europe, Alcohol, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, Pixabay, Tyskie Żywiec Lech, Okocim, Peter Kraayvanger, Indiana Alcohol Research Center, LEEROY Agency, Browar Zamkowy Cieszyn


Discover the Best Things to do in Portovenere, Italy

The charming town of Portovenere, Italy, is often overshadowed by the nearby Cinque Terre and its five picturesque villages. However, there are many things to do in Portovenere, and you’ll fall in love with this hidden gem in Italy.  Pink, yellow, light blue, red, orange. Portovenere, one of the most beautiful towns of the western Ligurian coast, appeared from the boat with its colorful houses reflecting in the sea. Portovenere – Image by Zotx from Pixabay I hadn’t set foot on the ground yet...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Unesco, Italy, Levante, San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Byron, Liguria, Gulf, Apulia, Alberobello, Peter, St Peter, Laurel, La Spezia


3 Reasons Why You Might be Getting Dizzy

Image Courtesy : Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Have you ever experienced a spell of time when you feel unreal, everything around you feels wobbly? Then, you are experiencing dizziness. The most usual reason is vertigo or if you are suffering from a migraine, you will be prone to feel dizzy. But, there are a few specific medical conditions which might lead you to feel imbalanced and wobbly. So, let us find out why you might be getting dizzy? Our bodies are really good at telling us what is not ...
Tags: Health, Seo, Dehydration, Hypertension, Pixabay, Low Blood Pressure, Feeling Dizzy, Low Blood Sugar, Hypotension, Imbalanced, Low Blood Flow, Not Eating Properly, Poor Blood Circulation