from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Slavic language of the Serbs and the Croats.
- n. A native speaker of Serbo-Croatian.
- adj. Of or relating to Serbo-Croatian or those who speak it.
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- proper n. The South Slavic macrolanguage of which Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian are dialects.
- adj. In or pertaining to the Serbo-Croatian language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Slavic language of the Serbs and Croats; the Serbian dialect is usually written in the Cyrillic alphabet and the Croatian dialect is usually written in the Roman alphabet
I suggest "the language formerly known as Serbo-Croatian," represented by an unpronounceable symbol.
At least they speak Croatian in Slavonia I'm not commenting on that dire "Serbo-Croatian" issue.
By the way, none of this is to suggest that the designation “Serbo-Croatian” is or should be politically or culturally neutral, or that its use effectively sidesteps the fact that the languages of the former Yugoslavia have indeed evolved on distinct paths since the Middle Ages.1 But to get back to your free trip to Italy, there are arguably at least as many tongues on that side of the Adriatic.
So, when I was in an elementary school (I was born in 1963), I started reading SF, Serbo-Croatian translations at first.
Much of the love talk offered in Appland appears to have been translated by a computer from the original Serbo-Croatian.
Also, in addition to its increasingly popular Al Jazeera English, the network will soon offer new channels in Turkish, Swahili, and Serbo-Croatian - all costly projects with uncertain benefits.
I used to know how to say "Did you ever participate in an Air Raid?" in Serbo-Croatian, from an Army manual from WW2, and when I lived in NYC & went to Chinatown functions frequented by local pols, my girlfriend taught me to say "Are you corrupt?" in Mandarin - all the grinning ignorant Public Servants reflexively replied "yes, yes" when I asked them, to the delight of the Chinese at the table.
And so I looked immediately at an inner page and found that it was still the same Serbo-Croatian, and that seemed to lead well beyond the length of any joke.
Mr. ENGEL: Picked up the morning paper and opened it up and found that it seemed to be written in Serbo-Croatian or Korean or ...
At the Voice of America during the Cold War some of the most troublesome employees were those who broadcast daily to the Soviet Union and its satellite states, in Russian, Azeri, Georgian, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, and so on.