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Re: CHAT: ghost, Geist, hostile, xeno....

From:jogloran <exponent@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 8:58
I found the following regarding this now-forgotten topic :)

The GUEST (ghos-ti-) in Indo-European times was the person with whom
one had mutual obligations of hospitality. But he was also the
stranger, and the stranger in an uncertain and warring tribal society
may well be hostile: the Latin cognate hostis means "enemy."