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    левая?

    What exactly does "левая" mean in this sort of example:

    I was talking to my friend about my iphone weather program... and it was not perfect at forecasting winter snow. So he says "левая программа"

    What exactly does левая mean when used like this? weak? feeble? idiotic? something else? Dictionary doesn't mention this kind of usage at all.

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    Re: левая?

    Yes, this meaning is very colloquial or even slang.
    Левый:
    (direct meaning) - illegal or with unknown origin
    (indirect meanings) - non-standard, occasional, improperly made, self-made, of bad quality
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Re: левая?

    thanks, good to know

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    Re: левая?

    Quote Originally Posted by ycomp
    Dictionary doesn't mention this kind of usage at all.
    http://lingvo.abbyyonline.com/ru
    It's a big dictionary and it does have the entry for this.

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    Re: левая?

    I did check it before posting, but it didn't really help me.

    However the explanation about indirect meaning by it-ogo really helped.

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    Re: левая?

    Exactly as in English: "This is the right program to use". In this case "right" obviosly does not mean opposite to "left".

    So, we can conclude that English "right" is opposite to Russian "левая":
    "Это левая программа" = "This is not the right program".

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