One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Russian measure of length, about 1.1 km (0.66 mile).
- ‘I must tell you that I have crossed twenty-five thousand versts by sea and I have seen foreign cities and all types of naked and dark-skinned people.’
- ‘A camel I fired at certainly ran twenty versts without stopping, as I saw by its traces.’
- ‘Let these half-baked, unsupported remarks carry the conversation a few more versts.’
From Russian versta.
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