by Bella  

Today's word is one that I personally haven't come across that often, but I like how it is formed. Words and their roots fascinate me, so it's nice to see a word that makes such sense. Рукопись means manuscript. It refers to text written by hand. In fact, it is the combination of: рука(hand) and писать(to write). It can’t be any more straightforward than that! It can also mean a draft one would send to a publisher.


Я отправила рукопись редактору.
I sent the manuscript to the editor.

Он не интерестуется рукописями о президентах.
He is not interested in manuscripts about presidents.

Профессор yслышал о древних рукописях.
The professor heard about the ancient manuscripts.

Я занимаюсь переводом арабской рукописи.
I am busy with the translation of the Arabic manuscript.


Comment from: Alexey [Visitor]  

As you may have noticed, the word “manuscript” was formed by the very same principle, because manu is the latin for “hand".

Sometimes when referring to historical manuscripts (like Arabic manuscript in your last example), the word манускрипт is used.

12/23/10 @ 04:29
Comment from: Bella [Member]

Actually, I was inspired to do this word while discussing that very novel with my sister! She had it as assigned reading for a class.

11/27/10 @ 14:07
Comment from: Sara [Visitor]

An entry on the word рукопись wouldn’t be complete without mention of Bulgakov’s famous quote from Master and Margarita – Рукописи не горят!

11/09/10 @ 09:26
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

I recently ran across this word in a subtitle for Bulgakov’s novel, “Master and Margarita,” and the subsequent film:
“Rookopisi ne goryat” - handwritten manuscripts don’t burn.

11/09/10 @ 07:48

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