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  • heh. what a rich phrase "modro more" becomes.

    oh--speaking of 'plav': in SBC it means 'blond', which was odd to me until I saw the etymology for the English word "blue", which is tied up with the Latin 'flavus', meaning--yellow!

    April 28, 2009

  • By a quirk of etymology, this word in Slovene means not only blue, but also "wise" (in the neuter singular). In Slovene the nasal o of Proto-Slavic evolved into the simple o, whereas in other South Slavic and East Slavic languages, it became u. Hence, "wise" (n.sg.) in SBC is mudro, in Russian, мудро (mudro). Perhaps this is one reason why Slovene and SBC both borrowed the German word blau, reshaping it as plav.

    April 27, 2009

  • a shade of blue. it shares its root with 'modrica', which means 'bruise'. We always describe the colour of the sea as 'modro', the colour of bruises.

    April 27, 2009