Definitions

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  • n. A small ventilation window spanning the frame of one window pane and opens on hinges independently of the whole window, common in Russia, post-Soviet states and Finland.

Etymologies

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From Russian форточка (fórtočka), from German Pförtchen (“little door”) - diminutive of Pforte (“gate”)

Examples

  • If this is a window of opportunity (even it's just a fortochka, the tiny window that is occasionally opened in the long Russian winter to let in some fresh air), then European cultural networks, foundations, organisations and associations should not ignore it, nor should culture ministries, regions, cities and EU institutions.

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