My Top 10 list of Linear B words still used in Balkans
Ok, Ok, I know, Slavic languages belong to Indo-European family so it is not strange to find these sorts of similarities… Anyway, studying the script I have found many words that sounded familiar and decided to make this small top list. So without further ado:
10. Serbian: “DAR”. Very widespread, from Mediterranean to Middle east and India. clearly IE.
9. Serbian: “MATER”. Another common IE word. Even the English word is similar.
8. Serbian: “NOVA”. Common IE word.
7. Serbian: “DIV”, meaning GIANT. Also common IE word, but more interesting because the region of Balkans is still full of toponyms such as DIV-CI-BARE, DIVO-STIN… (lakes of giants, place of giants…). Jupiter IS a giant of our Solar system.
6. Serbian “TO” – this.
5. Serbian “KORPA” – Basket. Here TO(R)PA. Ok, the first letter is not the same but sounds very similar. The alternative word could be TORBA – bag. *Credits to Goran Pavlovic
4. Serbian “TRPEZA” – table, feast, TRPEZA-RIJA – living room.
3. Serbian “TEPIH” – carpet. YA and HA were interchangeable in different regions.
2. Serbian “VIDE” – they see, from VIDE-TI, to see (to know).
- Serbian “SITO” – sieve, but ZhITO – wheat. Is the phonetic value of first sign correct? Too little material to compare, but this sign does look similar to Cyrillic “Ж” (Zh).