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Re: ferinstanz (wasRe: Namaste, Nikhil!!! )

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, June 13, 2003, 11:11
Costentin Cornomorus scripsit:

> ! :D Fereng- < LL. franko-, as I recall!!! It's > cognate with "French", rather than "Ferengi"!
It all comes from the same place. As the root f?rn?g- moved around the world, it shifted semantically from "freeman" to "Frenchman" to "Crusader, European" to "trader" to "capitalist with big ears". -- John Cowan Thor Heyerdahl recounts his attempt to prove Rudyard Kipling's theory that the mongoose first came to India on a raft from Polynesia. --blurb for _Rikki-Kon-Tiki-Tavi_