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Почему Париж пишется через "ж"?

Слово Париж пришло в современный русский через польский, в котором оно звучит (ну, практически) так же - Paryż. Гипотеза @user31264 не выдерживает критики и проходит по разряду любительской ...
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Wuhan: masculine, feminine, or either?

Most sources I could find consider Ухань (sic) a masculine word: от Уханя, к Уханю etc.: БРЭ БСЭ Географическая энциклопедия , but there are some that consider it feminine: Словарь собственных имён ...
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"Красная" Площадь

If you had to generalize, do Russians today hear/understand the name as "Red Square" or "Beautiful Square" (regardless of what they know intellectually about its origins)? No. In modern Russian ...
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"Красная" Площадь

To answer your second question, in modern Russian красный (красная, красное) means red, as in color. When someone says Красная площадь, what comes to mind is the square at the center of Moscow, and ...
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Почему Париж пишется через "ж"?

Согласно топонимическому словарю Е.М.Поспелова "современная французская форма названия - Пари (Paris); принятая в русском языке форма Париж усвоена в искаженном виде через польское посредство". В 58 -...
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"В" или "на" Украину? Интересуют официальные источники

Дмитрий, школа грамматистов делится на два больших лагеря - я не про русскую а вообще. Например, французская столетиями зиждилась на том, что есть некая норма, некий правильный язык - и её надо ...
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Etymology of "Володино"

Володя means Вова, which is a nickname for Владимир. Володино (село) = Vladimir's (village). This is the meaning of the name of the villages. But who exactly this Vladimir was is a mystery.
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Was "Novgorod" in 1815 one city or the other?

"Novgorod by default" is Veliky Novgorod. It's an original "Novgorod". But what exactly translator ment hard to figure out. There is village of Новогородец, for example.
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Etymology of "Володино"

"Named" names of russian viliges originates from: family names of local landlords (помещики) ("Володино" - Володин (Volodin's), "Осипово" - Осипов (Osipоv's)). Saints names ("Анненково" - st. Ann , "...
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"Красная" Площадь

Is there any chance that the name given for Красная Площадь was actually intended to mean "red"? (i.e., that the story that most people believe--of the epithet for St. Basil's Cathedral carrying over ...
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"Красная" Площадь

Is there any chance that the name given for Красная Площадь was actually intended to mean "red"? (i.e., that the story that most people believe--of the epithet for St. Basil's Cathedral carrying over ...
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Mainland Russia as seen from Kamchatka circa 1800

Here's a modern example (not sure if it worked at the time): http://www.kamchatka.aif.ru/society/zkh/94029 Выбираться с Камчатки на большую землю этим парням действительно не в первой.
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Etymology of "Володино"

I fully agree with the explanation provided here: usually, one would expect "Володино" to provene from "Володя" or "Володин". Still, the possibility of a different origin should be explored on those ...
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Mainland Russia as seen from Kamchatka circa 1800

Матёрая земля is an obsolete equivalent to материк, although the latter is attested already in the 18th century (but not in the 17th century, unlike the former): Я включаю в Камчатскую Провинцию всю ...
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