Out with the foreign, in with the native! Russian language usage is due for a big clean-up, with unnecessary loanwords forcibly cut as the country’s Education and Science Ministry launches an epic revamp – or, should we say, a language Perestroika.
Today’s Russian is positively brimming with hundreds of cases, especially in technical areas, of native words neglected in favor of flash foreign equivalents.
In a formidable project to cost 4,5 million roubles (approximately $150,000), Russia’s Education and Science Ministry aims to revise all dictionaries, handbooks and school teaching material, as well as creating an internet resource for learning to speak proper Russky.
The electronic service scheduled to launch in 2014 will have doctors and professors of philology online, answering people’s questions regarding Russian usage.
So, how effective this revolution will be against words like policymakeri and trendsetteri – well, we’ll have to wait and see.