The Russian word for “nonsense,” erunda (stress on the last letter), comes from the word “gerund.” The old Russian language did not have the idea of a verbal noun (like “scolding,” above). So when foreigners came to Russia from the West centuries ago, the natives thought they were speaking nonsense. They then Russified the Latin root-word, making it erunda. Thank you, I’ll be here all week.
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