Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Russian Language Notes: Костёр

Костёр = Bonfire

I love it when you find out something about your own language when you are studying another language.  I'm sure I knew that the word bonfire was originally a fire in which bones were burned, coming from came from Middle English banefire (late 15c.), but I must have forgotten this fact long ago.  So when I came across the Russian word for a bonfire, kostyor, noticing "kost" - the Russian the word for bone, I got that Eureka moment spotting the cognate.

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