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On 7/23/2012 4:10 PM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Michael Shalayeff <> wrote:
On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:03:23PM -0700, Dimiter 'malkia' Stanev wrote:
Bwt, sputnik means satellite in russian.

(I'm bulgarian, but know some russian). Definitely there are plenty
of russian folks here, so they can confirm.

the root "put" means a road or a path.
the prefix 's' is short for "so" as in latin "co-"
(russian kaputnik... oj ;)
and suffix "nik" brings the meaning to as the doer or
the knower of the roading. thus a traveller.
since satelites like the moon and those of other planets
were already called "sputnik" so it was reused for
an artificial satelite as well.

On 7/23/2012 10:43 AM, Jeff Pohlmeyer wrote:
This might be considered off-topic, but maybe it is worth mentioning:

     paranoic mickey      (my employers have changed but, the name has remained)

My recollection is that the English translation of Sputnik is "fellow
traveler" - it had nothing to do with "satellites", natural or
artificial. ;-)

Well then I was wrong about it. I guess I forgot all about russian then :) - The word is nearly the same in bulgarian - sputnik (but instead of "u" we use something between 'a' and 'u') - and yes it means fellow traveller (lol), but it's more used nowadays more and more just for satellite.