Monthly Archives: January 2017

Interesting connections

heart and discord “heart” comes from Old English “heorte”, from Proto Germanic *hertô, from Proto Indo European *ḱḗr. All these words mean “heart”. The word “discord” comes from Latin “discors” which comes from “dis” means “apart” and “cor” meaning “heart”. … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody in Atlaans

Ar das de vaarheet? Oder ar es noor fantasie? Fangd in een landruch Ken enkom fon realiteet Ouf deen ougen Shou dich mal hok en sien Ig ar noor een arm nech, ig brook ken mitleed Veel ig kouna kom, … Continue reading

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What “naked” and “naan” have in common

The word “naan” (which refers to a kind of oven baked bread used in Central and South Asia) is a borrowing from Middle Persian “nān”, which itself comes from Proto Iranian *nagna, and this word is descended from Proto Indo … Continue reading

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“I am a man” in Proto Germanic

“I am a man” translated into Proto Germanic Ek immi manna

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The verb “to be” in Modern English

The verb “to be” in English is a complete mess. It has a different form for almost every person  (i.e. 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person), it changes in the plural and also changes a lot in the  past tense. … Continue reading

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The connection between “merry” and “bra”

I think most people don’t like change. It is uncomfortable and it makes people yearn for older times. But change is all around us and this can be seen especially in language. Some words change very little over time. For … Continue reading

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