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чувак  [choo-VAK] (masculine noun) – dude, man, guy

А кто этот чувак? Ты его раньше здесь видел? = Who is that guy? Have you seen him here before?

У тебя что, чувак, совсем крыша поехала? =  Dude, are you nuts?

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отговорка - excuse (28th July 2011)

отговорка [at-ga-VOR-ka] (feminine noun) – an excuse (= a lie one tells to avoid doing something)

Он сказал, что не сможет прийти, потому что ему надо работать, но я думаю, что это просто отговорка. = He said he wouldn't be able to come because he had to work, but I think it's just an excuse.

У неё всегда найдётся отговорка, чтобы ничего не делать. = She'll always find an excuse to do nothing.


"Отговорка" comes from "от" = from, away and "говорить" = to speak.

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