Monthly Archives: June 2017

Word Family Friday: Trans-

Teaser: through, avatar, trans-, nectar Proto-Indo-European <*terh₂->, <*treh₂->: “to cross over, pass through, overcome” -> Celtic <*ter> –> Irish <thar>: “over, by, past, through, beyond” -> Indo-Iranian –> Sanskrit <तरति> (tarati): “pass over, float, swim* —> Hindi <तैराना> (tairānā): “to … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Queer

Teaser: torque, torch, queer Proto-Indo-European <*terkʷ->: “to turn” -> Anatolian –> Hittite <𒋻𒆪𒉿𒀭𒍣> (tarkuwanzi): “to perform a round dance, to dance in twisting manner” -> Indo-Iranian –> Sanskrit <तर्कु> (tarku): “spindle” -> Italic –> Latin <torqueō>: “twist, spin, torment” —> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Two

Teaser: two, twin, binary, duet, icosahedron Proto-Indo-European <*dwóh₁>: “two” -> Proto-Indo-European <*dwi->: “two (prefix)” –> Ancient Greek <δι-> (di-): “two, twice (prefix)” —> Many descendants as technical Greek borrowings –> Latin <bi->: “two parts, twice (prefix)” —> Many descendants as … Continue reading

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