'Sudden blow/attack'

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24/02/2022 Earlier this year I bought a small desk calendar that lists an old-fashioned Bulgarian word for each day of the year. When I woke up today, I did the usual and flipped the calendar to find out what the word of today was. The word happened to be "ustrel" which in Bulgarian means 'a sudden blow' or a 'sudden attack'. A few minutes later I switched on the news, only to find out that 'a sudden attack' was the word of the day FOR REAL - the Russians had just began their invasion of Ukraine. I felt speechless. I wished the word of the day - both on my calendar and in the real world - were different.
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Date submitted:Thu, 24 Feb 2022 20:12:53 +0000Coincidence ID:12486