Re: _chthonos_=>_Cthulhu_ ?? (was Re: Newbie Delurking (or decloaking as the case may be)
|From:||Doug Barr <dbarr@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 17, 2001, 1:49|
Sgriobh J Y S Czhang:
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> To me, _Cthulhu_ seems very close to the Greek _chthonos_, which is a
> word referring to the underworld and anything of the underworld."Chthonic,"
> "tectonic," etc. is IIRC related to this root.
Yep, comes from Proto-Indo-European *dhghem-, strong form *dhghom-, "earth."
Which is where "human" comes from, by the way, *dhgom-n-, roughly
"earthling." The Greek form has metathesis of 'dh' and 'gh'.