Main Etymological Sources Of The Nowadays Romanian Slang
Owed to its cryptic character and words plasticity, the slang has always manifested an attraction upon the linguists and not only. By means of a case study, this present article emphasizes that the main enrichment source of the Romanian slang is the Romanian language itself, thus contradicting the superficial idea that the slang would be supplied primary by the words deriving from the Romany language and last hour words borrowed from English. Of the 3870 slang words under analysis, 1558 are of Roman origin (inherited Latin, literary Latin, French, Italian or double Romanic etymology) which represents a 41,2% percentage, as opposed to words such as „a cardi”, „a ciordi”, „a mardi”, „mucles”, „mişto” etc., which represent a mear 3,6% percentage.
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