Posted by Bob on March 11, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Modern russian derivatives posted by psi on March 11, 2002
: : I wonder if there are any russian derivatives in modern English?
: There are English words which are "borrowed" from the Russian, such as "dacha", "samovar", "troika".
: Having "borrowed" them for such a long time it is unlikely we shall give them back.
: Then there are more recent terms, such as "glasnost" and "perestroika", but they appear to apply to a specific period rather than being in general use.
There's gulag, too, but not a whole lot more. The Russian language is on a decline mirroring the deathspiral of the Soviet empire. In the '60s when I was in college, those of us who studied Russian called ourselves the optimists. (The pessimists would study Chinese....)