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Post Greetings from Estonia
Created by John Eipper on 01/26/12 7:29 AM

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Greetings from Estonia (Tom Hashimoto, -UK, 01/26/12 7:29 am)

Tere (Hello)!

Once again, my byline has changed--this time to Estonia/Japan. I am in Tartu, the historic town where its university hosted numerous aristocrats and intellectuals throughout the Russian Empire. Tartu today continues to attract brains from all over the Baltic and Scandinavian regions.

I am now sitting in a restaurant near the Town Hall, enjoying "suitsujuustusupp."  Ah, I love this language already! Yes, "supp" is easily identifiable. "Juust" is cheese. It means smoked cheese soup. Delicious!

JE comments: No WAISer will ever equal the Wanderlust of our dear friend Tom Hashimoto. Best of luck to you in Estonia. In your honor, I'm going to inaugurate an "Estonia" topic in the WAIS "Nations" forum. Send us lots of reports!

The University of Tartu is best known as the home of the late Yuri Lotman, one of the titans of semiotics. Lotman's Structure of the Artistic Text is probably the best overview of how a semiotician reads poetry and literary prose.

Enjoy your suitsujuustusupp, Tom! The Adrian College cafeteria serves up a mean bacon cheddar soup too; they must be similar.

Can anyone name another word, in any language, that contains six U's?

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