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As for the etymology, while English uses the term "Slav" derived from "slava" (fame), in many languages the term uses the root "slov-" and is, as far as I know, derived from "slovo" (word - thus "Slavs" as "speakers of the word / language"). - Filip 21:02, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

I cleaned out that etymology that someone posted. Awaiting references for a detailed treatment of the etymology. --- Alexander 007 17:09, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Also Slave?[edit]

Webster 1913 lists alternative forms Sclav and Slave. Searching for evidence for the latter (rather than text about slaves) is hard. Equinox 13:09, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

I had read the etymology of Slav as "Slave", but that never made sense to me. Slovo (word) does, if not for this small piece of evidence: The word for German in slavic languages (e.g., Nemec in Czech) is derived from the word "Mute". In other words, Slavs could speak to one another, but not to Germans.

Slave is derived from Slav (because Slavs were often forced into slavery).
As to Equinox's question: I can find this, but I'm not sure it's the right sense, as opposed to the name of a specific group:
  • 1766, An Universal History, from the Earliest Account of Time, volume XLIV, index: Slaves or Slavì of Pomerania, with their confederates defeated near Lunden in Scania, [...]
The Imperial reference library: comprising a general encylopaedia also has "Slave, Sclav" defined as a member of the Slavonic race.
"Slave" also occurs as a scanno of "Slavs", which makes searching even harder. Travels in the Slavonic Provinces of Turkey-In-Europe even uses "Slāv".
- -sche (discuss) 22:15, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
And then again, the word Slav, I read online, could be derived from the root word "sclav" meaning glory, and that the "etymology" concerning the word "slave" is institutional (or institutionalized) baloney. --Lo Ximiendo (talk) 07:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)