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The strange behavior of “обо” (=about), apparently valid only for two expressions? What is the historical reason?

In Proto-Slavic, this preposition was a merger of two earlier Proto-Indo-European words: one meaning "around" (> Latin ambi- > "ambiguous, ambivalent", > Greek amphi- > ...
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How is "дача" related to "дать"?

There are other nouns derived in a similar manner, for example: добыть (to obtain smth.) — добыча (smth. you have obtained) портить (to spoil, to damage) — порча (spoilage, damage) недоставать (to be ...
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The strange behavior of “обо” (=about), apparently valid only for two expressions? What is the historical reason?

While I'm not pretending to be the final authority, there are several factors at work: "обо" tends to appear before (sonority-non-increasing, so not, say, the one in дне) clusters that ...
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How is "дача" related to "дать"?

So, ok, "дача" is indeed a cognate of "дать", and, by the same token, is contextually related to another Russian noun, "подарок" - gift, something that is given. ...
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