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Russian letter names was Re: Words about Conscripts

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Thursday, January 2, 2003, 22:25
On Thursday 02 January 2003 02:59 pm, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Well, French, Dutch and German have the same boring names for letters, as > well as Italian and Portuguese (and I think Russian is the same :)) ). You > have to go for Greek and Semitic languages to get interesting things ;)) .
Russian *used* to have interesting letter names, prior to the Revolution. The only one I know, however, is "az" for |a|. It's still not uncommon to refer to the alphabet as "azbuki." Also prior to the Revolution, the last letter of the old Russian alphabet (and, iirc, represented |i|) that was named izhika (I think) and was written like a "v". I'm kicking myself for not remembering what the old expression was for "from A to Z"--currently, it's "ot A do JA." Then there were three other letters that were also dropped from the alphabet, but I don't know their names; one looks like a theta and represented |f|, one was a barred soft sign for |je|, and one was like a "i" for |i|. If any one happens to know the old names for the Russian alphabet, I'd be interested. I found the old names for the Glagolithic alphabet, but I don't know how similar they would be. :Peter


Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
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