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Re: Etymology of "Woman" Comic

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Thursday, June 2, 2005, 12:25
--- In, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@J...> wrote:

>check out this Qwantz Dinosaur comic:
>It's relevant to a discussion we had a few months ago where if i >remember correctly i suggested using the male/female pair "werewolf" >and "wifewolf" ;) .
The dinosaur has the etymology of "woman" correct, but not his etymology of "man." According to the AHD, "human" and "man are not related etymologically. "man" is from a PIE root *man- meaning "a man." Derivations include man & its compounds, Alemanni, mensch, minx, and muzhik. "human" is from a PIE root *dhghem- meaning "earth." Derivations include brideGROOM, autochthonous, chameleon, humble, homage, hominid, human, zemstvo, and zamindar. It appears that the dinosaur didn't check his AHD before expounding on the subject. This is how folk etymologies begin. P.S. I really like "wifewolf," but I would rather spell it "wifwolf." It appears as though the second "e" in werewolf is epenthetic. It doesn't appear in "wergeld" nor in the Frankish form of the word, "werwulf," which became loup-garou. I don't think it's necessary in wifwolf. Charlie


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>