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Re: R: Re: Pagan - etymology?

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Friday, July 14, 2000, 17:31
> Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 18:44:41 +0200 > From: Mangiat <mangiat@...>
> L. H. Mathiesen wrote: > > Could pagus be a thematic variant of pax? Also cf. Greek pagos as in > > Areopagos. (Construing paganus as a person from a peaceful area should > > make everyone happy). > > But pax is pax - pa*c*is.
Sometimes, as in this case, the voicing of the second consonant in IE roots is a little uncertain.
> > And I wonder about populus vs G folk. I really should get around to > > buying a proper IE etymological book. > > I always tought about vulgus vs. folk, instead.
Very attractive; but Germanic *f- is from IE *p-, unless it's a later loan. And for vulgus, L&S adduce Skt várga, Rask Aeolian olkhos, which point firmly at an IE root in *w-. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)