Friday, October 14, 2011

List of English words of Russian origin

From Wikipedia:

Mammoth (Russian ма́монт mamont [ˈmamənt], from Yakut mamont, probably mama, "earth", perhaps from the notion that the animal burrowed in the ground) Any various large, hairy, extinct elephants of the genus Mammuthus, especially the Wooly Mammoth. 2. (adjective) Something of great size.

What?! So mammoth is originally from the Yakut people? No freakin' way! We could have at least toasted to this in Yakutsk, but no one there mentioned it....

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