Tag Archives: Historical Linguistics

Word Family Friday: Cat

For my wife’s brithday Late Egyptian <čaute>?: “cat”; in competition with <𓏇𓇋𓅱𓃠> (mjw) ?> Classical Syriac <ܩܛܘ> (qaṭṭu): “cat” ?-> Arabic <قِطّ> (qiṭṭ): “cat” ?-> Hebrew <חָתוּל> (khatúl): “cat” ?-> Old Armenian <կատու> (katu): “cat” —> Armenian <կատու> (katu): “cat” … Continue reading

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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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Word Family Friday: Smile

Proto-Indo-European <*smey->: “to laugh, to be glad” -> Balto-Slavic –> Slavic <*smьjàti>: “to laugh” —> Polish <śmiaćsię>: “to laugh” —> Russian <смеяться> (smejátʹsja): “to laugh, to mock” -> Germanic <*smīlijaną>: “to smile” –> English, Danish, Norwegian <smile>, Swedish <smil>, etc.: … Continue reading

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Māori Tengwar for DungeonWorld

Back in August, I started running a Pathfinder game in a setting of my designing that I generally refer to as DungeonWorld. It’s a world set up such that a campaign based mostly around dungeon crawls makes a certain amount … Continue reading

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A Brace of Linguists

ETA: I drew this. Expect more sometime.

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