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Re: OT: Another Portuguese (?) question

From:João Ricardo de Mendonça <somnicorvus@...>
Date:Sunday, November 5, 2006, 18:35
Well, Portuguese cutelo comes from Latin cultellus,
-i, and cotão comes from French cotton (sp?). So it looks like Plan X... :-)

If Japanese katana had entered the Portuguese language, shouldn't it be
catão instead of cotão? Anyway, such a word exists, but it comes from the
name of the Roman censor Cato the Elder.

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On 05/11/06, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> > Re "katana" et al. > > Thanks to all for your replies, helpful in a negative way ;-) > > Plan C: perhaps the Port/Span. borrowed (native) Jap. katana, then > transplanted it to eastern Indonesia. However, it is odd that the word is > not found in my Malay or Indonesian dictionaries (quite exhaustive)-- as > almost all Port/Span. loans were spread via Malay. But it's not > impossible-- > they hit up the Moluccas for the spices before they got around to messing > with the rest of Indies.... > > Plan X, accidental resemblance, is simply too far out in left field; you > just don't get a match of 6 phonemes + semantics. > > As usual, "more research is needed". >


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