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Dostoevsky's Novel "The Idiot"

Reading the novel in English translation, I was surprised by the characters "blushing" in any number of situations. It seemed excessive and un-natural. Or perhaps the translator used "blush" for a word that doesn't have the same meaning in Russian. Can a Russian speaker, having read "The Idiot" in the original, tell me why this constant "blushing" in the English version?
posted by stirfry on Jul 15, 2013 - 14 answers

I promise I'm clever...

I somehow cannot figure out how to make the water switch from bath to shower in the place I'm housesitting. Please help me determine what incredibly obvious thing I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Feb 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 37 answers

A difference of millimeters?

Idiot-on-a-bicycle-filter: Seatpost edition. [more inside]
posted by janepanic on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Racially loaded foot-in-mouth extraction, prevention

Please help me salvage this situation, if possible. I accidentally said something racist to someone I want to be my friend. [more inside]
posted by ferngully on Jun 25, 2011 - 56 answers

Boy I'm sure glad I replaced that tiny pimple with A HUGE RED SCAR :(

So, I'm an idiot. I suffer from this sort of neurotic cleanliness that manifests in periods of intense picking of any imperfections on my skin. Now I have to live with the consequences. Looking for holistic or homeopathic remedies for the remaining redness. This is probably gross, so just be warned. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Jun 25, 2010 - 48 answers

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa?

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa? [more inside]
posted by christy on May 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Intimidation: how to deal with it and how to deal it.

I need to deal with intimidation and be intimidating myself. I am, alas, of an accommodating nature. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Idiot-Proof Camera

What the most idiot-proof low-end digital camera? Emphasis on idiot.
posted by Yakuman on Nov 6, 2009 - 12 answers

The Day The Music Died...Hopefully.

Every five minutes my computer makes a pretty sound. Why? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Oct 22, 2009 - 21 answers

When I was young I drew all over the neck of one of my guitars with a sharpie, thinking it would make me "metal." I am now older and wiser. How do can I remove this mistake?

When I was young I drew all over the neck of one of my guitars with a sharpie, thinking it would make me "metal." I am now older and wiser. How do can I remove this mistake?
posted by ichthuz on Aug 30, 2009 - 30 answers

I'm such a clutz.

I spent a month labouring away on a website only to somehow delete it before emptying the trashcan. Yes, I know. Pathetic. It's been a week, however, and I'm seriously thinking of going to the expense of having it professionally retrieved. I know deleted photos can usually be retrieved - which is good because I really need them - but what are my chances of being able to get back properly formatted .html pages? Or formatted in such a way that I can at least try and restore them to their former glory.
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

How do i download new browser if Safari wont load?

How do i download new browser if Safari wont load? I dont really do Macs [more inside]
posted by sydney54 on Aug 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Do you have any cool suggestions for renaming a website?

I've launched a website less than a month ago, but all the domain names I think best fit what I am doing are taken, so I took a name I don't like. I would like your help renaming it. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on May 29, 2008 - 8 answers

data recovery on iPhone?

Can you save data from an iPhone, in any manner, once it has entered "recovery" mode and iTunes informs you that you need to restore the phone? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on May 11, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I find a companies Fed Tax ID online?

How to find a company's Federal Tax ID # (in a hurry!) [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Bamboozled

Stupid Cooking Filter: How do you use a bamboo steamer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Mar 5, 2008 - 19 answers

Build a Linux PC for a Dummy

I'm building a PC for the first time and need someone to check my work. [more inside]
posted by DU on Feb 27, 2008 - 19 answers

Spain or Pain?

Panic is in the house. My wife has planned a trip with our 13 year old daughter from the US to Spain. They leave on Sunday afternoon from JFK. Tonight while gathering her passport, we realize that her passport expired 1 year ago. (A minor's passport is only valid for 5 years.) Assuming cost is not an issue, is there anyway for my wife and daughter to make the trip legally on Sunday? I am looking for practical advice for someone in the NY tri-state area.
posted by JohnnyGunn on Feb 15, 2008 - 22 answers

PI = Public Idiot?

As a kid in junior high, my friends and I used the expression "P.I." a lot. It stood for "public idiot", and we used it to make fun of someone when they did something foolish. Did we make it up, or has anyone else ever heard of it? Where did it come from (movie, book?)
posted by lohmannn on Feb 13, 2008 - 13 answers

I signed a contract in Spanish!

Am I bound by the terms of a contract that I signed if that contract was written in Spanish? I'm in California and a native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2008 - 12 answers

Was I in serious danger?

TorontoFilter: What can you tell me about this place/area just east of downtown Toronto? (description follows) [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Apr 25, 2007 - 18 answers

Burnt Offerings

Whoops! I've temporarily (I hope) lost my cooking mojo - how do I remove the carbon from my saucepans? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Apr 16, 2007 - 21 answers

Vegetarian diet and exercise plan?

Can anyone recommend a vegetarian diet and exercise plan? [more inside]
posted by JamesToast on Apr 15, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me not faux pas

Questions about guesthouse etiquette. [more inside]
posted by speranza on Mar 18, 2007 - 5 answers

When I said "yes," I meant "no."

You met someone online, you chatted on the phone, you went for lunch, it was fine, but you're not interested. And then on parting you're asked, "would you like to do this again?" and you say, "yes," because it's too embarrassing to say "no." How do you deal with this situation, and prevent it from happening in the first place?
posted by russmail on Dec 4, 2006 - 35 answers

How to deal with idiot professors

Verbally bitchslapping a professor via email: can I get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by baking soda on Nov 17, 2006 - 54 answers

Rocover forgotten windows xp pro admin password

I cannot remember my windows XP Pro password. I am an administrator. Need to install software and change to a dynamic ip address. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jun 21, 2006 - 9 answers

this is why i shouldn't be a manager

tax idiot filter: I need to get some things postmarked today. It's 6:30pm where I am. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jan 31, 2006 - 14 answers

Worry about things missing from wallet?

LostWalletFilter: I was at a bar last night and left my wallet on a table in a fit of brilliance. I went back to the bar this morning and got it back, but a few things are missing. Should I worry or take any preventative action? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Oct 29, 2005 - 13 answers

Dead grasshopper

My fingers are stuck in a chinese finger trap at the office, and my coworkers refuse to help. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh on Sep 27, 2005 - 30 answers

OhGodOhGodOhGodOhGodOhGod

Miracle Filter: I'm trying to make sure I've covered all of my options and while I hope that this hasn't happened to you, I secretly hope it happened to someone. My hard drive is dead. [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie on Apr 6, 2005 - 14 answers

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