Monthly Archives: March 2017

Word Family Friday: Henchman&Palfrey

Wrapping up March Of Horses with two last, smaller families. Proto-Indo-European <*kankest->: “horse” -> Germanic <*hangistaz>: “horse, stallion” –> Old Saxon <*hengist> —> Old English <Hengist>: Personal Name* —> Old English <hengest>: “horse, gelding, stallion” —-> Old English <*hengstmann>: “groom” (“horse-man”)** —–> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Cavalry

?? ?> Turkic –> Turkish <kaval>: adjunct of <at>, “horse” ?> Saka (Khotanese) <kabä>: horse? -?> Slavic <*kobyla>: “mare (female horse)” —> Russian <кобы́ла> (kobýla): “mare” —> Polish <kobyła>: “mare” ?> Ancient Greek <καβάλλης> (kabállēs): “nag, pony” ?> Celtic <*capallos> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Mare

On St. Patrick’s Day, I reveal the secret reason I did horses in March. Also, this one is really cool and just might go back all the way to the original domestication of horses in Central Asia. Maybe—just maybe—the Thai … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Course

Proto-Indo-European <*k̑ers->: “to run” -> Latin <currō>: “to run” –> French <corir>: “to run” —> English <courier> —> French <courant>: “running, current of water or electricity” —-> English <current> –> Latin <cursus>: “race, path, serires of events” —> French <cours>: … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Ekwos

Word Family Fridays this month will be all about horses. Turns out the PIEs really liked horses. Proto-Indo-European <h₁éḱwos>: “horse” -> Latin <equus>: “horse”, replaced by <caballus> in Late Latin and most descendants –> Latin <equester>: “pertaining to riding horses, … Continue reading

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