Slavic influence on Romanian
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The Slavic influence on Romanian is noticeable on all linguistic levels: lexis, phonetics, morphology and syntax. This is due to the migration of Slavic tribes who traversed the territory of present-day Romania during the 6th century AD, corresponding with the formative stage of Eastern Romance. About 14% of the Romanian language is of Slavic origin.
The intercultural process also enriched the Slavic languages, which borrowed Vulgar Latin words and terms from Romanian, as, for example, mezin<medzin (from Latin medianus), the younger child, second-born, in the middle, which became 'mĕzinu' in some Slavic languages.
Romanian is a Romance language, belonging to the Eastern Romance group. It descends from Danubian Latin, a vernacular that emerged from the Romanization of Dacia and the Balkan peninsula and formed in the period of the 6th or 7th to 8th centuries. The substratum is Dacian (or "Thraco-Dacian"), the superstratum is Slavic. Old Slavic influence began either in the 6th–7th or 8th–9th centuries according to scholars, ending in the 11th–12th centuries. Romanian has borrowed a significant amount of Slavic words into its vocabulary that for a while scholars viewed it as being a Slavic language. An analysis in the mid-20th century indicated 11.5% Slavic borrowings.
The introduction of Slavic in post-Roman Dacia was similar to the appearance of Germanic dialects in the Western Roman Empire, where Gallic Latin, Iberian Latin, and Italian dialects became somewhat Germanized. However, due to a systematically decimated Latin-speaking population during the medieval migrations, Slavic remained spoken for much longer, even after the assimilation of Slavs into the Romanian people. This partly explains why spoken Romanian is somewhat less intelligible to speakers of Western Romance languages, which was influenced by Germanic tribes who were almost Romanized.
While Dacia was part of the Roman Empire for less than two centuries, various Slavic tribes crossed, ruled and settled the former Roman province from the 6th to the 12th centuries. Their presence was stronger in Moldova and Bessarabia, where in the 16th century Rusyn-speaking Slavs made up about a third of the population. The Moldavian principality was called by the Russian sources as Russo-Vlahia (Русовлахия). Although the Slavs migrated from the north, they were smoothly[peacock term] assimilated north of the lower Danube to the Latin-speaking population. Meanwhile, the Slavs assimilated large parts of the Romanized population (the Vlachs) south of the Danube, in the Balkans (South Slavs); thus the presence of Slavs was also stronger in the southern areas of the Danube.
Unlike their counterparts in the west, the Dacian Romance-speaking population became rural and did not preserve written Latin for a long time under the new rulers, like the Vulgar Latin in the west, as Vulgar Latin as usually unwritten. Therefore, the written Old Church Slavonic, especially its Bulgarian redaction originating in the capital of Preslav, spread as the literary language of Wallachia and Moldavia. Modern Romania (Wallachia) continues to be surrounded by Slavic speakers (with the exception of Hungarian after the 10th-11th century), and have influenced Romanian through centuries of interaction. Early Slavic features in Romanian have a primarily South Slavic (mainly Bulgarian and somewhat less, but also present Serbian) character (Bulgarian loanwords were brought by Bulgarian settlers from First and Second Bulgarian Empires), while later borrowings (especially in the modern Republic of Moldova, where the majority of the population continues to be bilingual or multilingual) have East Slavic (mostly Russian, due to the Soviet Union, and less frequently Rusyn or Ukrainian) origin; the latter is caused by the Romanianization policies of the territories of Bukovina (today split between Romania and Ukraine) and Bessarabia (today by 2/3 in the Republic of Moldova and 1/3 in Ukraine), historically populated by the Romanians and Ukrainians for hundreds of years, that brought the closure of the Ukrainian public schools (all such schools were closed until 1928) and the suppression of most of the Ukrainian (Ruthenian) cultural institutions. The very term "Ukrainians" was prohibited from the official usage and some populations of disputable Ukrainian ethnicity were rather called the "citizens of Romania who forgot their native language" and were forced to change their last names to Romanian-sounding ones (among those who were Romanianized were descendants of Romanians who were assimilated to Ukrainian society in the past). Nevertheless, Romanian retained loanwords of Ukrainian origin; because Ukraine and Moldova were part of Soviet Union (Moldova was formed by Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina), and Wallachia and Bessarabia were under Russian rule (and Russian was the official language of Soviet Union, thus spoken by Ukrainians and Moldovans as second language (many speak it as their first language), and is the main language of Ukraine in pop culture and informal and business communications and the language of interethnic communication of Moldovans), Romanian added loanwords of Russian origin. Same situation happens in the partially recognised state of Transnistria. In parts of Ukraine where Romanians constitute a significant share of the local population (districts in Chernivtsi, Odessa and Zakarpattia oblasts), Romanian is taught in schools as a primary language, and Romanian in Ukraine borrows words of Ukrainian and Russian origin. Because USSR occupied Bessarabia and northern Bukovina in 1940, wherein Bessarabia becomes Moldova and Ukraine and northern Bukovina becomes part of Ukraine, it is ironic that Ukraine has populations of Romanians who were may be descendants of Ukrainians and Russians who underwent Romanianization policies. Borrowings in Romanian in Vojvodina and Timočka Krajina, Serbia (called Vlach) have Serbian origin. Romanian also obtained loanwords of West Slavic (mostly Polish) origin, after Polish settlers lived in Bukovina in 18th century and in Bessarabia in 14th-16th centuries. As Romania (Wallachia) continues to be surrounded by Slavic speakers, Romanian continued to be influenced by Slavic languages and various other Slavs settled Romania, Romanian borrowed words of other West Slavic and South Slavic origin; West Slavic loanwords include Czech and Slovak origins, while other South Slavic loanwords include Croatian and Macedonian origin.
Of great importance was the fact that Old Church Slavonic was the liturgical language of the Romanian Orthodox Church from the Middle Ages to the 18th century; same situation with Western Romance languages that borrowed words from Classical Latin, the liturgical language of the Roman Catholic Church. However, Latin did hold an important position in Transylvania after the 12th century (when it was part of the Westernized, feudal Kingdom of Hungary), and like Western Romance languages, Romanian borrowed words from Classical Latin (the standard dialect of Latin). Liturgical Romanian was first officially used there after the union of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Transylvania with Rome, giving birth to the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church in 1698  (the most widespread denomination in Transylvania until World War II). This caused Romanian to easier lose some of its Slavic borrowings; the first standardisation (among others, the switch to the Latin alphabet) was done by the Transylvanian School (Romanian: Școala Ardeleană).[dead link] However, the capital of independent Romania (Bucharest) was located in the eastern part of the country (where Hungarian, German and Latin influences were minimal).
In other Eastern Romance languages with Slavic loanwords, Aromanian have mostly Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Serbian words (although the slavic loans in Aromanian number is tiny), Megleno-Romanian has Bulgarian and Macedonian terms, and Istro-Romanian has Croatian and, more significantly, Slovene terms.
Two types of Slavic borrowings can be distinguished in Romanian. First came everyday words describing animals and emotional states, as well as grammatical features appearing in spoken and written Romanian. These Slavic features were incorporated into Balkan Latin through the contact of Romanian speakers with early Slav settlers, these Slavic words became Latinized. With the spread of Orthodox Christianity and Cyrillic script, literary words from Church Slavonic (old Bulgarian) were introduced to supplement Romanian with terms for abstract concepts not present in the local Latin dialect. Writing in the old Romanian language first appeared in the Cyrillic alphabet (the alphabet of the First Bulgarian Empire, created in Preslav) in the 16th century, existing in Romania until the 1860s. In Bessarabia (under Russian suzerainty) the alphabet was Cyrillic until 31 August 1989 (except for the interwar period, when it was part of the Kingdom of Romania with autonomy from Moscow). However, the predominantly Russian republic of Transnistria has kept Cyrillic as its alphabet.
Some words describing family relations are Slavic, or show heavy Slavic influence: nevastă ("wife", from nevesta), rudă ("relatives", from roda), plod ("baby", from plod, "fruit"), the suffix -că added to the Latin root fi- in fiică "daughter" (cf. Bulgarian shterka and Serbo-Croatian kćerka), bunică ("granny") or maică ("mother"). The degree to which Slavic and Romance populations interacted is also underscored by many words describing affection which are borrowed from Slavic.
Roughly a fifth of spoken Romanian colloquial vocabulary is based on common Slavic roots such as: a iubi "to love", a citi "to read", nevoie "need", cinstit "honest",prieten "friend", trebuie "necessary", ceașcă "cup". This situation is akin to the number and usage of French borrowings in English. Slavic borrowings are especially frequent when strong emotional terms or feelings are involved: silă "compulsion", vină "guilt", jale "sorrow", milă "compassion", boală "illness, disease", iubire "love", dragoste "love", slavă "glory", nădejde "hope", etc. Slavic-derived adjectives and participles seem to have been borrowed in droves and form a whole lexical layer: slab, drag, bolnav, bogat, prost, drăguț, cinstit, iscusit, iubit, jalnic, zadarnic, vrednic, obraznic, voinic, groaznic, harnic, strașnic, darnic, milostiv, mucenic.
Romanian uses numerous Slavic verbs to describe actions and changes of state: a lovi "to hit", a goni "to chase", a topi "to melt", a găsi "to find", a trezi "to wake up", a pomeni "to mention", etc. Many others borrowings exist in different spheres of life: silă "force", război "war", noroi "dirt", bogăție "richness", trup "body", plod "fetus", oglindă "mirror", copită "hoof", zori "dawn", zăpadă "snow", ceas "time", nisip "sand", vreme "weather", etc. Compare less-numerous Germanic borrowings in Western Romance languages, such as in Spanish: guerra "war" (Slavic război in Romanian), rico "rich" (Slavic bogat), ganso "goose" (Slavic gâscă), buscar "to search" (Slavic a găsi—"to find" in Romanian).
At the arrival of the Slavs, the Romance-speaking Vlachs were rural cattle breeders, sometimes in a season transhumant way; most Romanian vocabulary related to cattle and cattle-breeding is of Latin origin. In contrast, most tools and utensils related to agronomy (as well as urban life) were replaced with Slavic names: lopată "spade" (Proto-Slavic *lopata), daltă "chisel" (*delto), topor "axe" (*toporъ), sită "sieve" (*sito), nicovală "anvil" (*nakovalo), coasă "scythe" (*kosa), tocilă "grindstone" (*točilo), greblă "rake", potcoavă "horseshoe" (*podъkova), zabrea "trellis".
The names of some animals, birds, fish, and plants made a transition from the Slavic: vrabie "sparrow" (Proto-Slavic *vorbь), lebădă "swan" (*olbǫdь, *elbedь), vidră "otter" (*vydra), știucă "pike" (*ščuka), rac "crayfish" (*rakъ), păianjen "spider" (*paǫkъ), lobodă "pigweed" (*loboda), bob "seed, bean" (*bobъ), morcov "carrot" (*mъrky, obl *mъrkъv-), sfeclă "beets" (*svekla), hreniță "water cress" (*xrěnъ), râs "lynx" (*rysь).
There are some Onomatopoeic verbs and other words, such as a plescăi "splash" (*pleskati), a tropoti "clatter", a clocoti "to boil over" (*klokotati), are closer to their Slavic than their western Romance equivalents (compare Spanish: chapoteo/roción; susurro/murmurro; eco; pataleo/trapa trapa). Certain interjections, such as ba! "oh yes!" are taken from the Old Slavic (mostly Old Bulgarian) language.
Borrowings from Church Slavonic include the following synonyms: a izbăvi (< избавити) "to deliver, redeem", veșnic (< вѣчьнъ, вѣчный) "forever, perpetual, undying", sfânt (a corruption of Latin sanctus and Church Slavonic свѧтъ, свѧтый) "holy, saint", a sluji (< служити) "to serve", rai (< рай) "paradise", iad (< адъ) "hell", proroc (< пророкъ) "prophet", hram (< храмъ) "church patron", duhovnic (< духовникъ) "confessor", dihanie "wild beast, monster".
Slavic (synonym) terminology is almost exclusive when used to assign titles and ranks to medieval nobility: boier "boyar", cneaz "knyaz", rob "slave" (*orbъ), slugă "servant" (*sluga), a sluji "to serve" (*služiti), etc. It is also used to describe urban life and finances which emerged with the arrival of the Slavs: a plăti "pay" (*platiti), târg "market" (*tъrgъ), rând "row" ( *rędъ), sticlă "glass" (*stьklo). Seafaring concepts have also some Slavic-borrowed synonyms: corabie "ship" (*korabjь), lotcă "boat" (*oldьja, *oldъka), and vâslă "oar" (*veslo) all come from their Slavic equivalents virtually unaltered.
The Orthodox Church in Moldavia and Wallachia was an integral part of the Eastern Orthodox world and Romanian contacts with the South Slavic churches went back at least to the 10th century. Many Romanian names were also influenced by the use of Old Bulgarian in Church and in administration. Over time, especially after the Latin alphabet was adopted, some Slavic words became archaic, but others have maintained a quite widespread use. In general, most Slavic borrowings have become well incorporated into Romanian and are no longer perceived as foreign by the Orthodox practicants. In fact, many Romanian words occur as a natural combination of Slavic and Romance elements: devreme "early", așijderea "likewise", a se îmbolnăvi "to fall ill", a împleti "to weave", a învârti "to turn, rotate", a îmbogăți "to enrich", nebunie "craziness", răzbunare "revenge", răscruce "crossing", prietenos "friendly", bunică "granny", portiță "wicket", româncă "Romanian woman", neașteptat "unexpected", nerușinat "unashamed", citire "reading", iubită "girlfriend", iubesc "I love", prostie "foolishness", hulubărie "dove-cot" (synonym), slăbiciune "weakness", milos "charitable".
The indirect Slavic influence on Romanian words and expressions is also important. Many words and expressions were calqued from their Slavic equivalents or created to reproduce the patterns of Slavic speech. Words such as suflet ("soul") copy the logic of the Slavic word душа, and the original Latin anima shifted its meaning to inimă ("heart"). Other examples include lună (meaning "month" and "the moon") and lume (originally "light"), used in the sense of "the world". Certain expressions (such as din topor, "unrefined") also tend to be similar to their Slavic equivalents: топорный = грубый.
Another feature of modern Romanian which has resulted from contact with Slavic speakers is the formation of numerals from 11 to 20. For instance, unsprezece ("eleven") is based on three components (un+spre+zece, "one above [from Latin super] ten"). Although the elements are Romance in origin, the model is a word-by-word imitation of the Slavic един+на+десет ("one above ten", Bulgarian: единадесет) not found in the West, where original whole Latin words were preserved (Spanish: once, doce, quince, veinte).
As a result of the once imposed Old Church Slavonic via the First and Second Bulgarian Empires, most Slavic borrowings in Romanian are well-preserved phonetically and have changed little over the centuries. Some phonetic adjustment has taken place in certain cases: ohileti > a ofili, ljubiti> a iubi, protiva > potrivă, podkova > potcoavă. Other Slavic borrowings changed their original meanings after being incorporated into Romanian speech, for example a găsi "to find" < гасить "to extinguish", a lovi "to strike" < ловить "to catch", clipă "moment" < клепание "rhythmic movement". Slavic speech patterns have also influenced Vulgar Latin-inherited words and borrowing from other languages, for instance Latin schola/scola > Slav. школа, shkola > modern Romanian școală "school". Had the original Latin word been preserved in post-Roman Dacia, it would have most likely resulted in the hypothetical *scoară.
Slavic borrowings in Romanian help reveal the historical development of the language, although it is sometimes difficult to determine cause and effect in some developments. Whatever the cause or effect, the migration of Slavs separated the Haemus (Balkan) Latin from Western Romance and a proto-Romanian language differentiated from the Western Romance. By the sixth century the shift of the intervocal l>r (solis>soare; an, am, in, im > ân, în; si>și) stopped; new borrowings from Old Slavonic do not undergo the process: сила > silă instead of the hypothetical *șiră. New developments, such as sv>sf and h>f, occur instead. One example is sfântu, "saint", from Slavonic svętŭ, where a nasal n that has been lost in all Slavic languages except Polish (święty, i.e., świenty) made its way into the Romanian borrowing.
The affirmative particle da "yes" is of Slavic influence, although its existence in the Romanian vocabulary could have Latin routes. Romanians came to use the word as their common form of "yes" because their Slavic neighbours were using da, rather than settle on a version of sic as in other Romance languages (Romanian și instead is used to mean "and"). Another example is the common Romanian surname ending -escu, which is of Latin origin (French -esque, as in "Romanesque", or Italian -esco, as in romanesco or tedesco "German"), but came to be used more, possibly in imitation of Church Slavonic -ьskъ (as with slověnьskъ, "Slavonic"). As with sfântu above, this seems to predate the common shift of the Slavic languages into preferring slověnьskъij over slověnьskъ, from whence the common Slavic surname ending -ski (-ский).
Dialect and style
The share of Slavic words in Romanian differs by dialect and style. The number of Slavicisms is higher in border regions with significant Slavic-speaking populations. In spoken Romanian, their share is between 5 percent in Romania and up to 20 percent in the Republic of Moldova, where Russian borrowings and constructions and minor Ukrainian loanwords are common within simple, less educated population and even most of the population as a whole, as Moldova is a multilingual country (compare Vreau un holodilnic and Vreau un frigider). In written Romanian, their share is somewhat lower (around 3 percent); Latin-based words represent over 90 percent in current language, with the remaining percent of Greek, Hungarian, and Turkish origin synonyms and words and from the Dacian substratum. This is because Romanian borrowed words from Classical Latin (the standard dialect of Latin), after Latin did hold an important position in Transylvania after the 12th century, and a part of Romanian vocabulary of Slavic origin is colloquial.
In modern spoken and literary Romanian, Slavonic influences are evident in phonetics and morphology (influenced by Slavic speakers, while Slavic words became Latinized in phonetics). Phonetic Slavicisms include the iotation of the initial e in words such as el, ea, este pronounced [jel], [ja], [jeste] (compare Spanish: el, ella, estamos, without the Slavic iotation effect) and the palatalization of consonants in the plural form (for example pom-pomi and lup-lupi, pronounced [pomʲ] and [lupʲ]; compare the original Italian sound in lupi). Several Slavic prefixes and suffixes, such as ne-, -că, -iță, răs-/răz-, have become part of the Romanian lexis; -că and -iţă are markers of the feminine gender in Romanian morphology (lup-lupoaică, italian-italiancă, actor-actriță). Unlike Western Romance languages, Romanian is unusual in how its nouns undergo internal vowel modifications while being inflected (fată-fete, gheață-ghețuri). This feature is common in neighboring Slavic languages: лёд-льда, сон-сны, день-дни. These changes indicate that, unlike later-arriving Hungarians, local Slavs who settled in the Vlach lands learned Balkan Latin. This process infused Romanian with Slavic features, while leading to the assimilation of Slavs north of the Danube.
As in the Western Romance languages, the Latin sound h was lost in early Balkan Latin between the 3rd and 5th centuries (for example, hibernum > Romanian iarnă and Spanish invierno, "winter"). However, Slavic influence after the 6th century led to a reintroduction of the Slavic hard h sound into Romanian. Therefore, excepting recent neologisms, most Romanian words beginning with h are Slavic in origin: hram, hrană, hulubărie, hrean. One counterexample is hartă, "map", which is carta in both Italian and all surrounding Slavic languages which borrowed the word (as karta).
The addition of Slavic verb stems ending in -i (a iubi, a citi, a goni, a izbi, a răni, a primi) and -î (a posomorî, a omorî, a târî) has led to an expansion of this conjugation pattern in Romanian, applied especially to Slavic borrowed verbs: a opri, a zdrobi, a toropi, a osteni, a podi, a vărui, a beli, a cerni, a plesni, a coji, a ţocăi, a născoci, a grohăi, a glumi, a trudi. By contrast, in Western Romance languages the number of verbs in the original Latin -i group shrank with time.
The tendency of late Latin was to drop all noun cases and redistribute the neutral gender between masculine and feminine (as in all modern Western Romance languages). Slavic influence has kept Romanian from losing these features. Certain indirect sentence structures—such as mi-e bine and mi-e frig (literally "cold is to me") are also Slavic-influenced (compare dobro mi je and hladno mi je). In the Western Romance direct constructions are used instead (Spanish: estoy bien, or French: j'ai froid and Italian: ho freddo). The preservation of cases and the neutral gender has also occurred under Slavic influence, and is not observed in modern Western Romance. Romanian has also developed a Slavic-influenced vocative case, ending in -o: Fetițo!.
Romania and Moldova
The sustainability of Slavic elements in Romanian is also evident in the toponymics of Romania and Moldova. Despite the fact that Dacia was a core of the empire's influence, the Romance-speaking population left the original Roman cities after the decline of the Roman Empire and the great migrations and shifted to rural cattle-breeding in 'villa' properties (see village) and to the south of Danube. South of the Danube, where South Slavs eventually settled, the Romanian (Vlach) population was outnumbered and partially assimilated; the processes of linguistic exchange in the Balkans appear to be unequal, most likely due to social and political circumstances. As a result, no original Roman place names survived north of the Danube. Newly founded settlements were largely a result of Slavic (and, later, Hungarian) presence. A lot of new Slavic place names were given to (old) cities and villages throughout Romania and Moldova: Cernavodă, Prilog, Dumbrava, Bistrița, Talna, Rus, Bistra, Glod, Ruscova, Straja, Putna, Hulub, Bâc, Tecuci, Potcoava, Corabia, Lipova, Holod, Topila, Ostrovu. These new place names survived as the cohabitation with the assimilating Slavs was less contradictory compared to that with Avars, Pechenegs, Hungarians, etc.
- azvârli - to throw, cf. BG "izhvɤrlya"
- babă - "old woman", cf. BG "baba" (grandmother)
- basm - fairytale, fiction, cf. BG "basnya"
- bici - "whip", cf. BG "bich"
- bivol - ox, cf. BG "bivol"
- boală - "disease", cf. SC bol, BG "bolest", "bolka"
- bogat - "rich", cf. BG "bogat"
- boier - "nobleman", cf. BG bolyarin
- bob - grain, cf. BG "bob" (beans)
- burlac - young man
- cazac - "cossack", cf. BG "kazak"
- cârpă - "rag", cf. SC krpa, BG kɤrpa
- cârtiță - mole, cf. SC "krtica", BG kɤrtitsa
- ceas - "clock", cf. SC čas, BG "chas"
- ceașcă - cup, cf. SC čaša, BG "chasha", "chashka"
- chișiță - pastern
- citi - to read, cf. SC čitati, BG cheta
- ciudat - "strange", cf. SC čudo, BG "chudo"
- ciupercă - "mushroom", cf. SC pečurka, BG pechurka
- clipă - "moment"
- clăti - "to clean"
- cneaz - "prince", cf. SC knez, BG knyaz
- da - "yes"
- dar - "gift", BG "dar"
- dihor - "polecat"
- devreme - early, cf. SC, BG vreme ("time")
- dragoste - "love", cf. SC draga ("beloved"), "BG "dragost"
- dumbrava - "grove", cf. SC dubrava, BG "dɤbrava"
- evreu - "jew", cf. SC jevrej, BG evrein
- găsi - "find"
- gâscă - "goose", cf. SC guska, BG "gɤska"
- grajd - "stable"
- greblă - "rake", cf. BG "greblo"
- grijă - "care", cf. BG "grizha"
- graniță - "border", cf. SC granica, BG granitsa
- grădină - "garden", cf. BG gradina
- hohot - "peal"
- hrană - "food", cf. SC hrana, BG hrana
- iubire - "love", cf. SC ljubav, BG "lyubov"
- izvor - "fountain", cf. SC, BG "izvor" ("source, spring")
- jale - "sorrow", cf. SC žal, BG "zhal"
- jăratic - "ember", cf. SC žeratica
- jivină - "beast", cf. SC životinja ("animal"), BG "zhivotno"
- lovi - "to strike", cf. SC lov ("hunt"), BG lov ("hunt")
- luncă - "meadow"
- mac - "poppy", cf. SC mak, БГ "mak"
- maică - "mother", cf. BG mayka, SC "majka"
- milă - "mercy", cf. SC milo, BG milost
- morun - sturgeon
- morcov - "carrot", cf. BG morkov
- mreană - "barbel", cf. SC mrena, BG mryana
- nădejde - "hope", cf. SC nada, BG nadezhda
- neamţ - "German", cf. SC nemac, BG nemets
- nevastă - "bride", cf. SC nevesta, BG "nevesta", "nevyasta"
- nevoie - "need", cf. SC volja, BG "volya"
- ogor - field, cf. SC ugar("fallow")
- opri - "to stop", cf. SC prestati, BG spra
- obicei - "custom", cf. BG obichay, SC "običaj"
- porni - to start
- potrivi - to match
- praf - "dust", cf. SC prašina, BG prah
- praștie - sling, cf. BG "prashka"
- prost - "dumb", cf. SC, BG "prost" ("simple, mere")
- prieten - "friend", cf. SC prijatelj, BG priyatel
- prohod - religious service at funerals
- plată - "pay". cf. BG "platya"
- plută - "cork"
- pernă - "pillow"
- război - "war", cf. SC boj ("battle"), BG razboynik ("warmonger")
- rod - "outgrowth", cf. SC ("crop, lineage"), BG "rod" (forefathers, family)
- rudă - "relatives", cf. SC rod, BG "rod", "roda"
- scoică - "shell", cf. SC školjka
- sfânt - "saint", cf. SC svetac, BG "svetec"
- silă - "compulsion", cf. BG "sila"
- slavă - "glory", cf. BG "slava"
- slobod - "free" (note: rarely used, Latin liber is a lot more common), cf. BG "svoboda"
- slovă - Cyrillic letter, cf. SC slovo ("letter"), BG slovo ("speech")
- sluji - "to serve", cf. SC služiti, BG sluzha
- sticlă - "glass", cf. SC stakla, BG stɤklo
- slănină - "bacon", cf. BG "slanina"
- sărac - "poor", cf. BG "sirak" (orphan)
- șapcă - "cap", cf. BG "shapka"
- slab - "weak/poor", cf. BG "slab"
- stog - "rick"
- tigvă - "skull", cf, BG "tikva" (squash, colloquially head)
- topor - "axe", cf. BG "topor"
- trezi - "wake", cf. SC trag
- talcioc - rag fair
- vârtej - "whirl", cf. BG vɤrtezh
- vifor - "storm", cf. SC vihor, BG "vihɤr"
- vină - "guilt", cf. BG "vina"
- voinic - "sturdy", cf. SC, BG voynik ("soldier"), SC "vojnik"
- vrăjitor - wizard, cf. SC vrag, BG vrach ("fortune teller", "witch doctor")
- vină - fault, cf. BG "vina"
- zăpadă - snow
- zăvor - "latch", from Proto-Slavic *vor (door)
- zid - "wall", cf. BG "zid"
- zahăr - sugar, cf. BG "zahar"
- zgomot - noise
- Millar, Robert McColl; Trask, Larry (2015). Trask's Historical Linguistics. Routledge. p. 292. ISBN 9781317541776.
The Romance language Romanian has borrowed so many Slavonic words that scholars for a while believed it was a Slavonic language."
- Dindelegan & Maiden 2013, pp. 1–3.
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