The addition of ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩?(bitcoin) to the Russian spelling dictionary is ?쐗ell grounded,according to an important official from the Institute of Russian Language another recognition of the cryptocurrency. Transliterating English words into a Slavic language written in Cyrillic, however, is not always a straightforward process. Two spelling forms have gained popularity in Russia, but which is the correct one? Other Slavic nations face a similar challenge. Besides, each one of them seems to have its own idea of how to write bitcoin with Cyrillic letters.
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Transliterating words from one language into another can sometimes spawn a number of spellings with none of the alternatives being a true original. This is often the case with borrowed terms describing new inventions that have to be written in a script different from the one they originated from. The word ?쐀itcoinis no exception it is an invention, and it is a new term. Its introduction into Slavic languages using the Cyrillic alphabet has produced many spelling variations, with almost each nation ?쐇nventingits own bitcoin, or 閨龜?克棘橘戟 I should say.
Bulgarians, who liked and adopted the Cyrillic script a millennium ago, have decided, unofficially, to spell bitcoin the way it is pronounced in English and in their Slavic language ?쑷귈먈궿분압밀?Their closest linguistic relative, the Macedonians, write it ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁?true to their commitment to be different. The short unstressed i-vowel ?쑷밟?(as in /a/ or /k?n/) is missing from their version of the Cyrillic alphabet. No worries, we can still read it.
Ukrainians, who probably have more ?쐇s than just about any other Slavs (龜, 橘, ?, ?,) have chosen to use two or three of those in their spellings of bitcoin ?쑷켲?克棘橘戟and ?쑷귐뽔궿분앗쀐?That adds a little Latin flavor, although truth be told, the ?쐂otted iwas indeed part of the early Cyrillic alphabets and they have kept it to this day. Belarusians also write it ?쑷귐뽔궿분압밀?Serbs, who use a Latin script alongside the Cyrillic, spell it ?쑷귈먈궿분앗샫썩?in. Gosh, now there is a ?쐉in it/p>
Bitcoin Making its Way into the Russian Spelling Dictionary
Russia, by far the largest Slavic country and most famous user of the Cyrillic script, has a dilemma. Both ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩?and ?쑷귈먈궿분압밀썩?are used to refer to the cryptocurrency in Russian media and by the local crypto community, although ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩?is more popular. The question about the correct spelling has sparked multiple discussions in Russian crypto forums. The rule applied to other English loanwords says bitcoin in Russian should be spelled with the short ?쑷밟?in the second syllable. But as it often happens with living languages, people prefer the incorrect ?쑷멤?version.
A high-ranking representative of the Institute of Russian Language, under the Russian Academy of Science, has recently spoken in favor of adding ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩?to the Russian Orthographic (spelling) Dictionary, local media reported. ?쏷he question of including the word ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩?in the dictionary seems to me well-grounded,Oksana Grunchenko, senior researcher and head of the referral service at the Institute, told the Moscow News Agency.
Grunchenko expressed regret that bitcoin didn make it into the Russian Explanatory Dictionary. Its ?쑷묅?(B) volume went out without it. ?쏝ut since the word ?쑷귈먈궿분압먁썩? or ?쑷귈먈궿분압밀썩? represents a spelling challenge too, I think it will find its place on the pages of the orthographic dictionary,she added indicating that both spellings may be accepted. ?쏧f both are included, we can talk about variability of the norm,she explained, noting that there are other examples of that in Russian.
I don want to say that but maybe we, the Slavs writing in Cyrillic, do need some central authority to sort things outAlthough, that has never really worked well here. Besides, it not just bitcoin I am pretty sure we have the same issue when spelling oreand ash./p>
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