Lieutenant Zverkov," I began, "let me tell you that I hate phrases, phrasemongers
and men in corsets.
He survives at first as 'a phrasemonger
for politicians', writing and selling pithy put-downs--only 'the Irish members' paid him (21)--and by undertaking paid tasks of deception, such as fainting 'in the pit of a theatre to the bribe of an emotional tragedian (a guinea)', and melodramatically 'assaulting]' a young lady and her aunt 'by arrangement with a young gentleman who rescued them and made him run (ten shillings).
In general, the screenwriters kept only characters that later would become types in Chekhov's mature oeuvre: a wealthy obnoxious landowner (Shcherbuk), a romantic old-timer (Glagoliev), a useless pseudo-patriotic phrasemonger
and idler (Sergei Voinitsev), a careless doctor, buffoon and loafer (Nikolai Triletsky) and a vain impudent servant (Jakov).
uses official announcements made during the campaign that have already been published by all camps on the Internet.
To compete with phrasemongers
, incapable of thinking consecutively for sixty seconds?
If it cannot be expressed in such specific terms, it is a byzantine and scholastic abstraction, good only for phrasemongers
to toy with.