On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 4:11 PM, Dmitri Ivanov <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

In LdP, swinnik means a person keen on swines. Btw I read somewhere
that the Russian suffix -nik, through some widely known words like
sputnik, has come to be used also in English. Is that true?

Yes, it's true. I don't know if it's from Sputnik, but the suffix is used in English. The most common two I can think of are "beatnik" (the poets) and "peacenik" (peace activitists).

Jens Wilkinson
Neo Patwa (patwa.pbwiki.com)