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The basic monetary unit of Russia and some other former republics of the Soviet Union, equal to 100 kopeks.
- ‘The Russian broker pays for them in roubles, which are converted into dollars by the U.S. broker.’
- ‘Yukos shares closed at 143.50 roubles in Russia, having dropped by as much as 12% in earlier trading.’
- ‘Trailfinders recommends travellers take US dollars as you cannot buy or sell roubles outside Russia.’
- ‘A 50-year-old bread factory outside Grozny remains under rigid government control, with the price of a loaf fixed at five Russian rubles, or about 15 cents.’
- ‘The rouble plummeted overnight after Russia refused to pay for its internal debts and permitted banks to not fulfil their obligations to foreign partners.’
Via French from Russian rublʹ.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.