Wondrous Words Wednesday - Starshyna

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme created by the Bermuda Onion Blog and now hosted at Elza Reads where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love!

The word that has caught my eye this week is......


I’ve just finished the Benjamin Cross novel Colony which I can only describe as Jurassic Park on Ice and in the book there are a bunch of soldiers and the head soldier is addressed as Starshyna ( I believe it is also spelled Starshina).

I’ve never heard this word before and despite its military heritage I think it has a lovely ring to it.

I found this definition on Wikipedia 

Starshina (Russian: старшина) or Starshyna in Ukrainian transliteration is a senior non-commissioned rank or designation in the military forces of some Slavic states. In army terminology, a starshina is either an appointment roughly equivalent to "Company Sergeant Major" or a rank equal to a NATO OR-8. In naval terminology, starshina is a general term for junior and middle-ranking non-commissioned officers, similar in usage to "Petty Officer".


22 comments

  1. You are good! I would have assumed it was a made up word and not have looked it up. I love the sound of it, too. 😊

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  2. It sounds like a name to me, actually it would be a good character name.😁

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  3. Hi Heather! I also thought it was actually a name! Wha ha ha!! Good for you for digging deeper. So glad you are enjoying WWW so much! I'll have a new one up next week, but please feel free to do it weekly if you want to!

    PS: I'll attach my Six Degrees of Separation post for you, think you are going to love it.

    Elza Reads

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    1. It’s great fun, every book I read at the minute seems to have new words to me!

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  4. So, would I be Starshyna Nance? I like that. Perhaps I will enlist.

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  5. Oh! First time that I’m seeing this meme.. which I gotta say, I quite like the idea.

    Despice not being my thing, describing something as « jurasic park on ice » just seems so cool 😂
    I definately agree with you that Starshyna does sounds good.. i wouldn’t had guessed it was a military title ! As other as said, it sounds like a name - or even a « loving name » in the same vein as dear or darling.

    Kristina @ Books-and-dachshunds

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    1. I does sound like a term of endearment doesn’t it! My starshyna!

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  6. Ooh Jurassic Park on ice? This is getting added to wishlist right now!

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  7. Starshyna looks and sounds a lot better than company sergeant major !

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  8. Interesting! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. What a great choice of word - never heard or seen it used before so thanks for sharing.
    Lynn :D

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