Saturday, August 05, 2006


ВИН is a Russian root meaning "guilt." It comes from an Indo-European root which means "pursue" or "cause fear." Modern desendents of the I.-E. root include the Russian война ("war") and the English "vindicate" and "avenge."

Today's word:
виновный - guilty


Blogger Optimistic. said...

Sometimes I see words like this and think to myself, "Hey! That's just like in English! How weird!"

I always forget that Russian is also an I-E language. At least it's not an IE language. I'm sure if Russian had to use the Internet, it would use Firefox.

7:02 PM  
Blogger eleka nahmen said...

I-E? What meaneth that?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Katya said...

I.-E. = Indo-European (the language family to which most European languages and some languages on the Indian subcontinent belong)

12:06 PM  
Blogger eleka nahmen said...

Ahhh, ok, I see. Thanks!

1:47 PM  

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