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    Humorina was born of an act of censorship; in 1972, Soviet authorities decided to take a televised improvisational comedy competition off the air. A team of comics from Odessa had been winning, and local Communist officials, chagrined by the cancellation, supported their proposal to hold a festival, said Valery I. Khait, one of the festival’s founders. “It was the end of a thaw, and there was some inertia of openness,” said Mr. Khait, who was drinking vodka out of a plastic cup in the elegant, dingy headquarters of his organization, the World-Wide Club of Odessites.

    what do they mean by this sentence? "It was the end of a thaw, and there was some inertia of openness"
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    Re: meaning

    There are two things I might do to be able to understand that sentence better. I might ask the person who spoke (or wrote) that sentence what he meant, or I might understand it better if I had some context (especially what came before).


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    Re: meaning

    A "thaw" is when relations between two people/groups becomes warmer, less frozen. In this case, the groups are the Soviet totalitarian leaders and the people.

    In the period of the thaw, there was more openness to ideas like having a comedy festival. The thaw was ending, the gov't was becoming more closed off to such ideas. But the closing had not fully taken place yet. There was still some openness due to inertia (things at rest staying at rest.)

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    #4

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    SoothingDave's explanation is an excellent one. I am wondering now if Tarheel's first post should be allowed to stand or if it should be deleted. (There is the possibility that those who read it will be confused by it.)


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    #5

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    Welcome to the forum, m.san.

    As Tarheel asked in post #2, please give the wider context, especially naming the author and source of your quotation.

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    #6

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    The OP has elegantly demonstrated the importance of context by providing the quoted phrase with and without context.


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