Euromaidan Named Ukrainian Word of the Year for 2013


"Euromaidan" - a general term for pro-European rallies which take place across Ukraine - was chosen as Ukrainian word of the year on Friday by Myslovo dictionary.

Kyiv (I-Newswire) January 3, 2014 - "Editors' choice is quite clear: though the word appeared in Ukrainian language only at the end of November, very quickly it became dominant in social discourse. Furthermore, it reflects and sums up social and political developments in the country for the last year", Myslovo dictionary explained in a statement.

Dictionary editors emphasize on interesting etymology of the word: prefix "euro-" came to Ukraine with its independence in nineties, and is a synonym for high standard and good quality; "maidan" is an old word of Persian origin which means "square". This literally Eurasian word perfectly reflects country's constant struggle for it's own identity.

Euromaidan lifted up another political word of the year, "titushky" (pro-government thugs), which was coined earlier this year from the personal name of one of that thugs, "Titushko". "Twitter" and "hashtag" became much more popular words among Ukrainians during 2013, which demonstrates a growing interest to social media.

"Euromaidan" has spawned a bunch of spin-offs, such as "antimaidan" for the government-organized demonstrations, "automaidan" for those supporters who use their cars during the protests and such an exotic term as "narcomaidan" for psychonauts who support Euromaidan mentally.

"Is is interesting to see Ukrainian neologisms entering into other languages. "Euromaidan" doesn't leave the headlines around the globe, and Western journalists are trying to explain to their readers what is "titushky" or "zek" (nickname of Ukrainian president). Last time Ukrainian language gained such attention during the first wave of Ukrainian emigration at the end of 19th century. Then it was mostly cuisine-related words: "varenyky", "pyrohy" or "borscht". For the first time in many years Ukrainian language became a donor to Russian: both "Euromaidan" and "titushky" were selected as a neologisms of the year in Russia," Borys Petrenchuk, editorial director for Myslovo dictionary, said.

It is the first time Ukrainian word of the year to be selected. The main criteria for selection are word popularity during particular year and its social impact.

About Myslovo dictionary:

Myslovo is a web-based dictionary of modern Ukrainian language and slang written by its users. Updated daily, it is the only user-generated dictionary in Ukraine. Myslovo was launched in November, 2012 and since then grew into the leading source for modern Ukrainian language, including slang, vulgarisms and profanity.

Contact:

Website: www.myslovo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Myslovo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Myslovo
email: borys@myslovo.com

END

###






About Myslovo

Myslovo is a web-based dictionary of modern Ukrainian language and slang written by its users. Updat   More..ed daily, it is the only user-generated dictionary in Ukraine. Myslovo was launched in November, 2012 and since then grew into the leading source for modern Ukrainian language, including slang, vulgarisms and profanity.Less..

Contact Information

Myslovo
Borys
Khreshchatyk str., 26
01001
Phone : 0038068118951

Tags:

dictionary   language   Ukrainian   Slang  

Published in:

Science and Research

Published On:

January 3, 2014

Print Release:

Print Release

If you have questions regarding information in this press release contact the company listed above. I-Newswire.com is a press release service and not the author of this press release.The information that is on or available through this site is for informational purposes only and speaks only as of the particular date or dates of that information. As some companies and PR Agencies submit their press releases once per week,month or quarter, make sure to check the official company website for accurate release dates as our site displays the I-Newswire.com press release distribution date only.We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information on or available through this site, and we are not responsible for or omissions in that information or for actions taken in reliance on that information.


Related Releases

Gamry Instruments Launches New Online Shopping Site
Electrochemical Instruments hardware, parts and accessories now available online from Gamry Instruments.

Florida Health Equity Research Institute Established to Identify and Address Health Disparities
Collaboration of Florida's largest universities and health and government organizations serve as the go-to resource for Florida health equity researchers, students, healthcare professionals and the community.

Communication Instead of Collision: Research Project Focuses on the Interaction Between Cyclists and Drivers
As an important contribution to traffic safety, the communication between cyclists and motor vehicle drivers is currently being examined by a scientific project under way in Vienna.

Brill Publishers Selects Scope's ConSCIse Platform for Book Chapter Abstracts
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, has announced that Brill, the international publishing house head-quartered in Leiden, The Netherlands, has selected Scope to support ..

Gamry Instruments Adds Li Battery Cell Kit to Their Product Line
Gamry Instruments has added the Lithium Battery Materials Electrochemical Cell Kit to their line-up of Electrochemical Instruments and Cell Kits