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Main Etymological Sources Of The Nowadays Romanian Slang


  • Cătălina-Maria CIOROBÂTCĂ (NECULA)

    (Facultatea de Litere, Universitatea din Bucureşti)


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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  • Cătălina-Maria CIOROBÂTCĂ (NECULA), 2014. "Main Etymological Sources Of The Nowadays Romanian Slang," Management Intercultural, Fundația Română pentru Inteligența Afacerii, Editorial Department, issue 30, pages 69-80, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cmj:interc:y:2014:i:30:p:69-80

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    slang; etymology; unknown etymology; Latin language; French language; Slavic language; Turkish language; Romany language.;

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    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General


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