Radish!

The slang word “radish” (“rediska” in russian) appeared in 1920-s. Komsomol activist were calling “radish” people who previously worked for the czar government or served in the czar army. They meant: red on the outside, white on the inside.

Later the word migrated to the criminal slang and got a more general meaning – someone unworthy of trust. Most Russians learned this meaning from the movie “Gentlemen of Fortune”.

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