Talk:Baltic Sea

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Romanian language[edit]

Hello. "baltă” in Romanian is ”marsh, swamp, pool, moor”, all related to bodies of water, and, as it is with words, they translate into other languages in different meanings and extent. IMHO, the name The Baltic Sea, is ”The Watery Place” or something like that. Wikitor

The most straightforward explanation for Romanian baltă, Albanian baltë and Greek βάλτος, which all mean "mud, swamp", is that they are early borrowings from Slavic. The Proto-Slavic word for swamp is usually reconstructed as *bolto, but evidence from attested names and loanwords from or into Slavic (including in Southeastern Europe, where Slavs were present in the 6th century and settled down from 612 on) suggest that the Proto-Slavic phoneme conventionally written as *o was still pronounced more [a]-like until the beginning of the 9th century (compare Slavic liquid metathesis and pleophony#Dating), so the word should have sounded more like balta. So the option you propose is essentially contained in the Slavic proposal, which is already mentioned in the article. Given that Romanian was never spoken anywhere near the Baltic Sea, while Slavic certainly was spoken at the southern coast of the Baltic by the 11th century and earlier, Romanian is exceedingly unlikely to have been directly involved. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 00:28, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Demographics[edit]

The demographics section says that 15 million people live within 10 km of the coast, but then goes on to say that 90% of the 22 million people living in cities > 250,000 live within 10 km of the coast, which would give 19.8 million people in that area. Anyone know which number is more accurate? Sort of pedantic, but it looks pretty silly for the article to apparently contradict itself within a couple lines.

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