New blog post on DOST 'friend'
"dost was one of the first few Hindi words I encountered, and like so many words in Hindi, it has been borrowed from Persian (in Modern Persian it has become dust, as far as I know). I don't know in how many contemporary languages it has become a loanword as well, but at least I often read it in Turkish internet posts. Its meaning alone makes me love the word – but for a person interested in historical linguistics, there is a lot more to it – a long history dating back to, roughly estimated, 3,000 BCE, and a rich variety of descendants of the original Proto-Indo-European word in various Indo-European languages. But how can we know that word and what it meant?" - Maitani