I have a task to make a research paper about Russian loan-words in English and can't find any informative material. Could you help me, please? I spent hours googling and got almost nothing. Is this topic so unknown? I know that the opposite topic is covered rather well, there are many work about English loan words in Russian.. but unfortunately i have another topic - about Russian words in English. Thank you beforehand.
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There's a list on Wikipedia which may be useful.
Be warned, however, that most of these have not been fully assimilated into English; they are mostly Russian words which are familiar as names for Russian entities. Only a handful have lost their specifically Russian reference and become "naturalized". I would include these:
- bridge (the card game)
- troika (in the administrative sense)
To StoneyB's list, I'd add the following:
- Babushka, for a headscarf, not a grandmother. Stress is on the second syllable in English (ba-BUSH-ka)
- Glasnost, usually recognized as the period of time during Gorbachev's term
- Duma, for the Russian legislature
- Perestroika - and maybe only people who lived through the 80's and 90's will remember this one
- Sputnik and Mir - known as the names of the satellites and space station only