Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Krauthammer, Putin, and Defenestration by Hot Tub

While discussing Putin's involvement in the death of one of his opponents, Charles Krauthammer introduced me to a word previously unknown to me -

"Two days earlier, a week ago on Tuesday, another critic of the regime who represents the Magnitsky family, the one of another guy who died on orders of the Kremlin, he falls out of a four-story window, according to the regime, while installing a hot tub in the fourth-floor apartment. Now I don’t know about Russia, but in the United States, installing hot tubs is not a known cause of defenestration, so this is a little bit suspicious."

Defenestration is defined as the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The word originates from two incidents in history, both occurring in Prague. In 1419, seven town officials were thrown from the Town Hall leading to the Hussite war.

Thank you, Mr Krauthammer for introducing me to my new favorite word.

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