Tag: etymology

21 Why do so many core Romanian words with Latin roots come from different roots than in the other Romance languages? 2011-09-21T22:30:30.630

21 Animals’ names change when we eat them: is that universal? 2011-09-27T07:33:33.693

20 The relationship between "orange" the colour and "orange" the fruit 2011-09-30T00:10:18.087

20 What are the historical origin of terms for north, south, east and west? 2011-11-26T22:41:49.043

18 What's the difference between a "false cognate" and a "false friend"? 2012-09-24T23:25:17.600

17 Are the Japanese and Korean subject particles known to be related in any way, including by Sprachbund? 2011-09-13T23:21:05.133

17 r in Romance names of London 2015-07-09T23:06:12.420

17 Do any languages use {woman} as the root for human? 2016-11-15T22:18:45.383

15 Is Slavic [zima] ("winter") derived from "snow"? 2012-10-19T11:45:13.640

14 Did Georgian ever have a native word for "dolphin"? 2012-09-05T19:12:18.667

14 Are there languages in which "coffee" is not a cognate of a root containing k/q and f/h/w? 2016-09-10T08:49:07.540

13 Is there a single origin for the connection between time and weather? 2011-09-22T22:41:25.300

13 The Origin of the Word 'God' 2012-07-10T13:27:57.687

13 Connection between right (opposite of left) and right (legal term)? 2012-09-14T07:57:11.120

13 Do the words "angst" and "anxiety" share a common root? 2016-04-30T15:19:04.437

12 French Numbering System - Eighty to Ninety-Nine 2012-05-17T07:55:24.377

12 Why is 1/12 called an "uncia" in Latin? 2013-06-20T14:35:00.437

11 What is the reasoning behind the selection of the IPA symbols? 2011-09-16T09:40:17.890

11 Why does "half" not follow the pattern of ordinal numbers across languages? 2011-10-30T21:43:44.857

11 Why do so many languages have a phase like "so-so"? 2014-07-21T15:43:07.567

11 Why does Greek "ναι" mean "yes" while it comes from a PIE root meaning "no"? 2017-04-12T12:43:59.927

10 What are the Proto-Germanic words for sea, lake and a couple of others? 2011-11-23T19:53:10.687

10 Are English 'butterfly', German 'Butterfliege' and Dutch 'botervlieg' cognates? 2012-01-15T16:21:02.787

10 No etymology for "dad"? 2012-05-03T07:54:40.697

10 What are the origins of the word Hebrew? 2012-07-24T16:08:30.553

10 Using the word "dream" as hope for the future across languages 2012-10-15T20:46:06.283

10 Did the PIE word for "copper" mean "imitation"? 2013-10-03T12:05:35.913

10 What is the relation between the words "Cossack" and "Kazakh"? 2013-10-09T17:54:28.557

10 Why can "autarchy" be spelled with an "k" while other words not? 2017-06-22T08:36:40.583

9 Do distantly related languages have a lower incidence of false friends? 2011-12-26T06:21:55.130

9 Etymology of the word "sport" 2012-09-20T19:59:10.223

9 What is the function of "-ter" in words "laughter" and "daughter"? 2012-11-22T04:48:19.873

9 How does L. "quartus" come from L. "quattuor", which has "quat" but "quart"? 2013-02-17T15:59:03.903

9 Is دشمن ("enemy" in Persian) borrowed from δυσμενής ("hostile" in ancient Greek)? 2013-12-11T17:38:09.407

9 Diachronic sources of negators 2014-02-08T20:24:40.650

9 Is "Kent" in Tashkent of Turkic origin or Indo-European? 2014-05-24T10:55:33.257

9 Is there a relationship between Arabic ka'b and Greek kybos? 2016-06-07T14:08:48.103

9 What is it called when a word is used based on an extant definition which no longer actually applies? e.g. "dial" with phones 2017-05-04T13:31:30.020

8 Why is "Aurora Borealis" from Greek, but "Aurora Australis" from Latin? 2011-11-27T18:16:49.693

8 How do linguists find the etymology? 2012-01-14T14:30:08.713

8 Are "txt-speak" and "emoticons" examples of normal language evolution? 2012-10-23T10:28:01.980

8 How does PIE *d- in *dlegh- change to PGmc. p- in plegō (E pledge)? 2013-05-16T16:57:14.703

8 German Place Names ending in -AU 2013-07-03T17:27:08.080

8 Does E. day really come from PIE *dʰegʷʰ- (“to burn”)? 2013-11-11T03:52:54.027

8 The origin of the term 'verb' 2015-12-08T04:27:47.600

7 What makes a language identifiable and distinguishable from other languages and their dialects? 2011-10-30T06:19:32.300

7 So many Romanian words seem to end in "u" 2012-04-17T17:18:26.013

7 Hebrew "shemen" versus Latin "semen" 2012-08-22T09:27:12.757

7 Is there a formal classification of types of word origins? 2013-11-16T16:23:43.633

7 Are "nine" and "new" etymologically or historically connected? 2013-12-14T01:13:56.477

7 What is the origin of the silent visual applause sign? 2014-11-13T00:45:37.357

7 Is there any link between the word 'eight' and the word 'night'? 2015-02-18T18:50:50.307

7 Why does word-initial upsilon always have a rough breathing? 2015-04-21T19:49:25.043

7 The semantical change of сарай - "saráj" (rus., ukr.) vs. sister and donor languages: pl. 'seraj', srb-cro. 'saraj' 2016-05-14T21:48:51.757

7 Are There Ancient Greek Words Descended From Sumerian? 2016-05-22T17:07:21.027

7 Reverse-etymology resources 2016-09-26T12:22:13.850

7 Etymologically, why is there a v in "Giovanni" 2017-01-14T21:19:35.597

7 Did Latin "cum" get replaced in French by "avec" because "con" sounded obscene? 2017-03-21T12:30:58.670

6 Is etymology considered part of linguistics or a separate field outside the scope of linguistics? 2011-09-28T21:44:23.913

6 Why does the name of the flower 'Forget-me-not' have the same meaning in other languages? 2011-10-03T14:12:50.297

6 How did the first words arise? 2011-10-30T12:29:33.193

6 How is the word for "son" reconstructed in PIE? 2012-07-22T14:00:41.350

6 Is the word E "able" related to the suffix E "-able"? 2013-02-20T05:37:01.363

6 What is the etymological relationship between French "feu", Lao "ເຝີ" (feu), and Vietnamese "phở"? 2013-09-28T08:53:18.320

6 What is the postfix that makes "figurine" diminutive of "figure"? 2013-10-17T21:21:45.847

6 "Torpedo compartment" for glove compartment? 2014-08-28T13:45:54.923

6 Why are the plural and singular first person forms of the verb "go" so different in the Romance languages? 2014-11-07T00:17:00.897

6 Where does the word "kitsch" come from? 2015-04-17T08:46:02.820

6 Language origin of english words by usage 2015-06-11T17:08:26.147

6 How effective is linguistics at tracking trade routes? 2016-04-02T04:07:59.523

6 Where did the homonyms which retain meaning among languages come from? 2016-04-09T09:13:06.070

6 Why are some scripts' names derived from their first few characters? 2016-10-25T22:05:45.783

6 (PIE) déḱm̥ vs déḱm̥t (ten) 2016-11-26T09:14:32.733

5 Are there languages with indefinite articles but for which the word for "one" is not related etymologically to any of the indefinite articles? 2011-10-02T10:03:57.000

5 Deceangli and Angles: are these two tribe names etymologically related? 2012-03-01T20:16:42.890

5 Exclamation for pain 2012-09-27T14:50:47.153

5 What is the origin of the Latin suffix -alis/-alia? 2012-10-02T20:38:03.877

5 Specifically in terms of nepomorpha, nepidae and further taxonomic classifications 2012-12-18T18:56:47.997

5 Linguistic or etymological relationship between the words "Sabbath" and "seven" 2013-02-18T01:18:09.557

5 How did 'cocodrilo' originate from 'crocodile'? 2013-02-21T21:18:28.267

5 Did the Greek adverb for "late" evolve into a preposition meaning "after"? 2013-06-25T04:29:51.287

5 What is the history of the word "addict"? 2013-06-26T02:59:32.170

5 Are there countries in the world whose names differ in different languages, apart from Germany? 2013-07-12T19:09:08.803

5 Could the Mandarin word "要" (yāo) and the Thai word "เอา" (ao), both meaning "to want" be related? 2013-09-02T03:36:40.557

5 Origin of *-k- "extension" in (aorist of) some IE verbs? 2013-09-16T16:36:51.573

5 What's the origin of the Lao (ຈິງໂຈ້) and Thai (จิงโจ้) words for "kangaroo"? 2013-10-14T13:07:06.580

5 Online etymology dictionary for Latin 2014-01-08T18:39:58.243

5 Sources for etymologies of Ancient Greek proper names and placenames? 2014-05-28T00:40:58.083

5 -anus vs. -inus in (Classical) Latin 2014-08-14T01:39:02.977

5 Is there a PIE feminising noun suffix? 2014-08-24T22:47:12.553

5 Before being borrowed by Europeans, was "hurricane" ever pronounced with an initial "f"? 2014-11-15T12:56:42.380

5 Ei (egg in German) and eye; Auge (eye in German) and egg 2014-11-16T12:40:06.400

5 Two questions about Sappho's name 2014-12-22T11:20:45.520

5 Etymology of basic numerals (number words) 2015-02-05T20:59:19.063

5 How do we get "four" when it doesn't follow Grimm's law? 2015-02-07T02:03:39.993

5 Etymology of Greek Enualios 2015-03-16T00:00:26.907

5 Why do many languages tend to use plural forms to impart formality or deference? 2015-04-02T00:54:23.977

5 German (-stell-) and Slavic (-stav-) languages: who was first? 2016-11-12T22:59:39.370

5 Origin of the word/root 'del' 2017-04-01T23:07:53.090