Finally, it should be noted that a number of scholars do not mention any Greek source in discussions of [square root of (term)]prns and so presumably, though not explicitly, accept a Semitic etymology
While no generally accepted previous examples of such a change are known, it does have an obvious parallel in the next etymology
(4): PMari *lewa ~ *liwa'warm'< PU *lampi 'warm'.
For example, Melanie drew on her meteorological background in one article to explain the classification of clouds and the etymology
of their names ("cumulus," for instance, is derived from the Latin word for "little heap").
As others have made clear in previous issues, this is almost never true, to the extent that the first rule of etymology
is never to believe an acronymic origin unless presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.
Podium: Here's another case of ignoring obvious etymology
, using podium in place of lectern.
The assertion that the etymology
of the word eunuch altered from 'guardian of the bed' to 'well-minded' to reflect the more positive view of eunuchs in the middle Byzantine empire can be questioned as it is apparently found in the fourth century (P.
The Japanese researchers who dubbed a pachyderm secretion to be "hipposudoric acid" seem to know more about biochemistry than about etymology
("Red Sweat: Hippo skin oozes antibiotic sunscreen," SN: 5/29/04, p.
But you have to split it into molly and coddle to discover its etymology
Rinaldi also suggests that the etymology
"homo-humus" found in Tertullian and Lactantius prefigures the final transformation of Momus, whose choleric nature he links both to Alberti's personal emblem of the lion and to the God of Lactantius's De ira Dei.
Marlatt uses etymology
to evoke the lush multiplicity of meaning and desire in language, "discovering life in old roots.
Teachers and students studying etymology
at all levels will enjoy it.
In his introduction, Dickson-Carr states, "If the etymology
of 'satire' begins with the Latin satura--a mix--then the satirical novel sits atop the generic mountain, mixing everything below it.