Re: RICE, was Toponyms
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 19, 2004, 2:31|
Doug Dee scripsit:
> >The SF writer Jack Vance has written stories of the future which
> >take place in "The Gaean Reach"
> In Ursula K. LeGuin's _Earthsea_ books, parts of the Earthsea
> Archipelago are called the "East Reach", "South Reach", etc.
I take these both to be the ordinary English noun "reach", which among
other things means "the straight portion of a river between one bend
and another". The general sense of "reach" is "stretch, thrust out,
extend". This is a different PIE root, reig- rather than reg-; it
appears also in English rigor, rigid < L.
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