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    Russian words in English

    All you know, that English absorbs many foreign words everyday.
    Which Russian words you use often or can hear on streets, used by native English speakers? And what the case it was?

    PS vodka, sputnik etc, are not welcome... )

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    Re: Russian words in English

    Quote Originally Posted by svar45
    All you know, that English absorbs many foreign words everyday.
    Which Russian words you use often or can hear on streets, used by native English speakers? And what the case it was?

    PS vodka, sputnik etc, are not welcome... )
    Matrioshka, balalayka, perestroika

    Now new word spelling!
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    russkie & russki

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    babushka, mamushka
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    samovar, troika, borsch, tsar/czar, muzhik, dacha
    bolshevik, samizdat, KGB, glasnost, gulag, intelligentsia,

    See http://www.emory.edu/INTELNET/dar69.html
    for Russian-like English neologizms with -nik suffix

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    I've forgot the very main thing, I mean the word "Pogrom"
    Could you please occasionally correct my stupid errors!
    Korrigiert bitte ab und zu meine dummen Fehler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowik
    samovar, troika, borsch, tsar/czar ...
    Reminds me of the old Woody Allen joke that the Russian Revolution occurred when the peasants finally figured out that the "czar" and the "tsar" were the same person.

    :P
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    I'm not sure about American English, but in British English we have a common word "Bolshy" which is used to described people who are a bit rude and aggresive or arrogant or stroppy. It derives from Bolshevik.

    You can find "Bliny" in the shops.

    Intelligentsia entered English from Russian.
    Tundra entered English from Russian.
    The Hizbollah favourite: Katyusha rockets.
    Beatnik is derived from the Slavic -nik suffix.
    Robot was coined by a Czech and is derived from Czech, but shares the same root as Russian rabota (work), Ukrainian robota (work)
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    The Hizbollah favourite: Katyusha rockets.
    a kalashnikov?

    mda, it's not funny
    such type of representation of Russian influence on English.

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    dacha - дача
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    Происходит ли английское слово "steppe" от русского слова " степь", или оно заимствовано из другого языка?

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    Quote Originally Posted by basurero
    Происходит ли английское слово "steppe" от русского слова " степь", или оно заимствовано из другого языка?
    То же с tundra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin
    dacha - дача
    было

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    Quote Originally Posted by basurero
    Происходит ли английское слово "steppe" от русского слова " степь", или оно заимствовано из другого языка?
    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?va=steppe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    То же с tundra?
    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?va=tundra

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    Cossack - from Ukranian/Polish/Russian

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    А вот этоя я не знал!
    mammoth - http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/mammoth

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