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Да-а, если подумать, формальная вежливость в русском языке ничуть не проще, чем в японском!
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Tim Bray wrote about his work on the OED in 80ies (https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2013/08/02/Oxford-English-Dictionary) and brought back some memories.

I first saw the OED in a library of the Israeli high school I spent my last two school years at. It was an old worn copy of the first edition. I hadn't known anything like that could exist. I remember standing there in the aisle, I would take out a volume, wouldn't even bring it to a table, I'd stay right there, prop it against a shelf, and just page through, looking for familiar words, and taking in unfamiliar ones too until my head felt heavy. It didn't occur to me then that this is something one could own and have at home.

Forward to around 1999, and I'm a poor grad student who knows theoretically that you can buy the OED for $1500 or so on Amazon, shipping not included. Then one day I got an excited email from a friend who spotted an incredible sale price - the whole OED for something like $250, not the condensed version with the magnifying glass, no tricks no nothin', the REAL PAPER OED. It was on one of the myriad wannabe Amazon competitors who all went up in the dotcom boom and all went down two years later. There it was, for $250. It's still something I could barely afford, but come on, it's the OED, all the 20 volumes of it... I hurried to place the order and forwarded the email to a few friends. Several hours later the price went up to $1500. One of my friends got in on the deal, another didn't make it. In hindsight, I think it had been a mistake someone made, not a deliberate deal. One way or another, in what felt like amazing luck, they honored the order.

A few weeks later I got a card from the post office near my mom's apartment, in a small sleepy Israeli town, saying I have a shipment waiting (I'd ordered the OED  shipped to my mom's place, seemed safer than to my dorms). We didn't own a car, but the post office was less than a mile away - I'd just carry it home, I thought. Well, it arrived in six heavy cardboard boxes, can't lift more than one at a time and they didn't even have handles. I remember it so vividly - carry a box some distance, put it down, go back, bring another, push one with my feet to rest my arms, eventually I've moved the whole group, then start again. All this in the hot July afternoon under the Israeli sun, sweating through and through, tired, sore, exhausted.

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The OED means a whole lot to me; professionally, I owe it everything. My work on it was 26 (!) years ago, but then this spring I got an invitation to their Symposium, which happened last week, and there was only one possible ...
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And now I can carry entire OED, all those tomes and supplements, inside my smartphone, and might not even notice!
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The epic history of Goatse.cx.

http://gawker.com/5899787/finding-goatse-the-mystery-man-behind-the-most-disturbing-internet-meme-in-history

(the quote below not from the goatse guy, still good though):

"I got burnt out after doing it for 12 years," he said. "I wake up and I'm eating an omelet while looking at girls shitting in people's mouths and I was like, 'this is not how I want to spend my morning.' I'm done with this shit."
Sometime in the late 20th century a naked man bent over, spread his ass and took a picture. Eventually that picture, known as Goatse, became one of the most venerable memes in internet history.
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