Monthly Archives: February 2017

What does “sooth” in “soothsayer” mean?

Some compound words in English seem weird because the first part of the compound has disappeared from the language, but the compound lives on. What does the word “sooth” in “soothsayer” mean? “sooth” comes from Old English sōþ, from Proto … Continue reading

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How are “boon”, “ban”, “prophet” and “fame” related?

“boon” meaning “blessing, benefit” come from Old Norse “bón” where it meant “prayer” or “petition”. This word ultimately comes Proto Indo European *bʰeh₂- where it meant “to say”. “ban” comes from Proto Germanic *bannaną where it meant “curse” or “forbid” … Continue reading

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How “frog” and “spring” are related

How are “frog” and “spring” related? Proto Indo European is the grandfather or great grandfather of English (depending on how you count). This means that we can trace elements of Modern English all the way back to Proto Indo European … Continue reading

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Neologisms

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“squire” and “shield”

“squire” comes from Latin “scūtārius” which means “shield-bearer”. The Latin word is derived from “scūtum” which means “shield”. The word “shield” comes from Proto Germanic *skelduz, which comes from Proto Indo European word *(s)kelH- which means “to cut, split”. “scūtum” … Continue reading

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An article about German replaced with English cognates

The article about the German language in German replaced with English cognates. If a cognate doesn’t exist, I tried to create one that is as close to what the real one would be if it existed Dutch Speech The dutch … Continue reading

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I was featured on Lingholic!

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Latin declensions

Oh man! Latin declensions are so hard!

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Learning a language

Have you been too shy to practise your new language before?

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