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CHAT: Scythes and Scythians (was: Re: CHAT: Re: Japanese English)

From:daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Thursday, March 23, 2000, 11:58
Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> A scythe? What a beautiful word! It's pronounced /sait/? /saiT/?
/saID/ afaik.
> In French, Scythe is the name of a people, 'les Scythes', they lived > soemwhere in Greece IIRC. Is this the same in English? Is there any > connection?
A famous Swede from the 17th century, Georg Stiernhielm, thought that the Proto-language (Proto-World? :) was Noa's language. Scythian was, according to him, the language that had best preserved this Proto-language. Scythian was supposedly spoken by one of Noa's grandsons Magog. Though the most hilarous thing is that Stiernhielm claimed that Swedish is a Scythian lang and even the language that is closest to the Proto-language of all the Scythian langs! :) Daniel the Scythian? :)