Source: Russia opens major gulag museum as Putin blanks victims' commemorations


Russia on Friday opened a major new museum on the horrors of the Soviet gulag labour camp system but President Vladimir Putin blanked the day commemorating victims of state terror.

What exactly do you think they mean by the verb blanked in that passage? The most common usage, and drawing on my personal experience with the English language I assume the only one out there that's actually in common use (in North American English at least), is to blank something out which basically means to make something a clean slate again, but that doesn't really fit the semantics of the sentence.

  • typo for "blocked" aka he refused to approve a day of commemoration? – mkennedy Oct 30 '15 at 21:01
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    Slightly strange word choice imo but I think it means "ignored" in the sense of "not acknowledge". – JMB Oct 30 '15 at 21:43
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    A native English speaker would never use blanked in that manner. It is an odd sentence from a non-native speaker, or a bad translation. I agree with JMB that it means "ignored." – MaxW Oct 31 '15 at 4:20

To blank someone is to completely ignore them.

The girl he liked completely blanked him.

Like a blank stare, not looking at anything.

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