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Thread #7574   Message #2605299
Posted By: Joe_F
05-Apr-09 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins/lyrics: Hey Zhankoye
Subject: RE: Hey Zhankoye
In Pete Seeger's collection _The Bells of Rhymney_ (Oak, 1964), the name is spelled Djankoye, and there is a photograph of the place with a sign spelling it Djankoy (also in Cyrillic letters, Dzhankoi). So the initial consonant should be pronounced like the English J. It is not clear why many people leave off the D -- perhaps to make it sound more foreign. As to the extra syllable at the end, perhaps that is the way it was in Yiddish.

Seeger gives a different etymology: "comes from two Tatar words, meaning 'Heart of Sheep'."