American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inmate of a Soviet labor camp.
- From Russian зэк (zèk), probably representing a pronunciation of з/к (z/k), Soviet abbreviation of заключённый (zaključënnyj, "prisoner"). (Wiktionary)
- Russian, from abbr. for zaklyuchënnyĭ, prisoner, from past passive participle of zaklyuchat', to imprison, from klyuch, key, from Old Church Slavonic ključĭ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Assuming antitrust authorities permit the deal to go through, the 55-year-old Mr. Smisek (pronounced SMY-zek), who took the helm of Continental in January, is to become CEO of the merged carrier.”
“This whole story has remained almost completely invisible in America, which is strange because it was all about the adventures of American zek.”
“As a prisoner, or zek, he fasted in protest and fought strip searches, earning stints in the shizo -- cold punishment cells that broke many prisoners 'health and spirits.”
“The prison camp of ordinary zek Ivan Shukhov was, in reality, all of the Soviet Union.”
“This post has been removed by a blog administrator. zek July 14, 2006 7:31 AM # | Delete the pagebody-background.gif on the header it doesnt work with mozilla firefox, also the bullet.gif in the sidebar.”
“This analysis of incarceration in the Soviet Union, including the author's own experiences as a zek, called into question the moral foundations of the USSR Foucault examines the development of modern society's systems of incarceration”
“Quote from zek: "The most successful has been the Apple TV" is that true?”
“Critico-Sacrse \ quarum piima explicatur £zek.xiii. 18 j altera verb 2 Reg. x.”
“pls fix it! zek July 14, 2006 7:37 AM # | Delete i have the same problem in firefox ... please fix it soon and let me know of any work arounds in the mean time.”
“auuuthooooorrr... are u here? zek July 28, 2006 8:51 AM # | Delete”
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Words that I like.
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Words that attest to ways of cruelly and maliciously hurting humans.
English borrowings from Slavic languages; in some cases, a word might be rooted in another language but entered English from a Slavic language (e.g. nihilism was popularized by Ivan Turgenev, as ни...
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