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In Albanian the usual greeting is "tungjatjeta", what is it derived or descended from? What are its origins?

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    I think this is off-topic. See area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/6673/linguistics/6678#6678. – Alek Storm Sep 28 '11 at 19:23
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    @AlekStorm: You linked to "What does [word] mean in [language]?". This question is not about definition or translation, it's about etymology. – hippietrail Sep 28 '11 at 19:26
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    Yes, it feels too specific. Talking about language-specific phenomena is perfectly acceptable, but the etymology of one word is inapplicable to the rest of linguistics. – Alek Storm Sep 28 '11 at 19:48
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    Well this also works as a test question for deciding what the site's scope is. The answers to this question on meta seems to suggest that a question that would be on-topic on a SE site for a single language should also be on-topic here. You might want to weigh in with an opinion on that page. – hippietrail Sep 28 '11 at 19:50
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    There is a vague continuum between historical linguistics and lexicography, but I have to agree with @Alek that this question falls on the wrong side of the dividing line. – Aaron Sep 28 '11 at 21:04
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I'm not familiar with Albanian, but according to this old wikipedia entry of "Tung", it apparently comes from something like 'long-life-to-you'.

It was finally removed by someone, using the edit summary "tidy".

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    I'm albanian, it means long life to you like so: Tu -> To you Ngjate -> may it become longer Jeta -> The life – Marin Jan 10 '13 at 1:09
  • Live long and prosper. :) – Prof. Falken supports Monica Nov 30 '18 at 9:11

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