I learned a new word this week.
The Russians have long been masters, both during "hot" wars and cold ones, at matters of deception and what we now call information warfare, so much so that a number of Russian words and concepts around this area have become useful for discussions on the subject.
Readers of the late Tom Clancy and those with an interest in matters military may well be familiar with the word "maskirovka" which is a Russian term for deception, particularly a plan to deceive and trick a current or expected future military opponent.
This week from a piece on "The Article" by Alexander Woolfson, I learned the Russian word, "Vranyo" for a lie which the speaker does not expect anyone to believe.I have seen this explained as follows:
"A Russian friend explained vranyo this way: ‘You know I’m lying, and I know that you know, and you know that I know that you know, but I go ahead with a straight face, and you nod seriously and take notes.'"