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Re: Intelligentsia? Re: Adopting a plural

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, October 16, 2004, 18:13
I sent this off this morning (Oct 15th) but it got sent only to Alexander
& not to the rest of you! So here it is again:
On Friday, October 15, 2004, at 05:26 , Alexander Savenkov wrote:

> Ah, my apologies. You have a cool dictionary then. Because according > to my source (Rossiyskiy entsiklopedicheskiy slovar, 2000) the word > intelligentsiya comes from Latin _intelligens_, not intelligentia. > That was the point of my objection.
And of course the Latin _intelligentia_ is also derived from _intelligens_ (<-- *intelligent+s).
> On the whole, I tend to trust Russian sources, especially when we talk > about Russian language.
That's reasonable. It could well be an independent formation in Russian from the Latin intelligent- . I guess the people responsible for Chambers Dictionary were unduly influenced by the close similarity of _intelligentsiya_ and _intelligentia_. (The English "intelligence" on the other hand is derived from Latin _intelligentia_ through Old French.) Ray =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]