Tos’ka means two Romans

“When there are two Romans, you call it a Tos’ka,” my relative’s neighbor, Roman, told me as we drank in his mother’s kitchen.

“Does the word Tos’ka mean anything?” I asked.

They looked at me with the same expressions of polite impatience they use when my language skills grind the conversation to a halt, then spoke in a slow, loud voice: “It means two Romans.”

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