NABOKV-L post 0024439, Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:07:06 -0700

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Re: : Vocabulary 'Lectures on Russian Literature': toxonomic &
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TO: Rodrigo & Matt,
Off the top of my grey head (and without checking the context of the citations), I would assume that Matt is right about the assumed misprint. The BUXOLOGICAL is a word
play on the name Korobochka which in Russian means “a little box”. Best, Don Johnson
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“Buxological” here simply means “related to boxes,” from the Latin root buxus, meaning boxwood (or anything made of boxwood).



Unless VN is making a pun regarding something poisonous, I think “toxonomic" is a misprint and should be “taxonomic.”



Matt Roth



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Vocabulary 'Lectures on Russian Literature': toxonomic & buxology

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Rodrigo Dauster mailto:rdauster@GMAIL.COM

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----------------- There are two words in the 'Lectures on Russian Literature' whose definition I can't find. TOXONOMIC "'Pa-vel l-va-no-vich Chi-chi-kov'; and these syllables have a TOXONOMIC value for the identification of that particular staircase." BUXOLOGICAL "Korobochka's arrival in the town at the crucial moment is described in BUXOLOGICAL terms, subtly in keeping with those used for the above quoted anatomic preparation of Chichikov's soul." I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you, Rodrigo



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