33 Answered Questions for the topic etymology
What is the word for reserving something for yourself before others do?
In English-speaking TV shows, characters sometimes say something similar to *dips* to say to other people they are taking something for themselves before others do.Neither Google, Wiktionary or... more
What is "Godspeed"?
Title says it all. What does it really mean? What is its origin?
Why does 'with' mean 'against' and not 'alongside' in phrases of opposition?
In phrases like *fight with*, *argue with*, *combat with* etc, why does *with* mean the subject is opposing the object (grammatical object, technically a human opponent)?Phrases like *go with*,... more
What is the origin of auxiliary verbs?
When and why did we start using auxiliary verbs, particularly *"do"*, to ask questions and make negatives?
What is the significance of a large く character in literary texts?
I am currently reading an early story by Tanizaki Junichiro in Japanese. I have come across both the hiragana く and ぐ written twice the size they usually are, taking up the same amount of space on... more
How to write words with prefix "promo-"?
Promo code, promocode or promo-code? Also promo action... ``` "en": "Promo codes", "it": "Codici promozionali", "de": "Promo-codes", "es": "Los códigos de promoción", "pt": "Os... more
Unifying concept for noun-adjectives of the pattern Xかな?
Consider these: - ～か： >- 静か >- 愚か >- 厳か - ～やか: >- 穏やか >- 鮮やか >- 賑やか - ～らか: >- 柔らか >- 滑らか >- 明らか There are many more that I've not listed. The か/やか/らか at... more
The origin of "in bocca al lupo" and its usage?
I know that "in bocca al lupo" means "good luck", but what's its origin and when is it used?
Quando usare: mercatino, mercato, supermercato, ipermercato?
Se entro in un supermercato di piccole dimensioni, perché non lo chiamo semplicemente "mercato"? Non è contro senso chiamarlo "piccolo supermercato"?
How to spot English loanwords and Hanja words in a text?
While studying Japanese, it's very helpful that nearly all words of foreign origin are marked by using katakana (a syllabary separate from the usual mix of hiragana and Chinese characters) and... more
Etymology of '하염없이' - was there ever such a thing as a '하염'?
하염하염없이 is translated by naver dic as **blankly, vacantly**: > 그는 하염없이 벽만 바라보았다 - >He stared blankly at the wall. or **ceaselessly**: > 하염없이 걷다 - > walk endlessly A formation of *X-없이*... more
English Present Progressive and German language?
Actually 2 questions: 1. Do English Present Progressive and German Partizip 1 have the same grammatical origin? I mean something like `I am thinking.` and `Ich bin denkend.`, although German uses... more
Do the words "dolphin" and "الدلفين" in English and Arabic have the same origin?
The word *dolphin* is used in may languages including English and Arabic ([الدلفين](http://www.almaany.com/ar/dict/ar-ar/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%84%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%86/))But it seems Arabic... more
What is the origin of the word 'companion'?
The origin of words is often the most fascinating thing about language!
Is it arabic name for Austria نمسا borrowed from Proto-Slavic?
Can someone cite reliable source about Serbo-Croatian (Proto-Slavic) etymology of Arabic word for Austria نمسا [(nimsa)](https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D9%86%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7)? It's sounds very... more
Is there any etymological motivation for “I-slam”, “I-srael”, “Mu-slim” and “I-smael”?
**Background**Looking at old German orthographies, the long-s (ſ) spelling of the following five words (and I have not found any others so far) contradicts the spelling systematics of all other... more
How can a non-native Korean speaker say "Pure Korean" or "Native Korean" in Korean?
When talking about Korean word origin, there are "Pure/Native Korean" words, "Sino-Korean" (i.e. Hanja) words, and of course other origins like English. I am wondering how to say "Pure Korean" or... more
Etymology of conjugation 2-person singular?
Have a good day everyone! I would be glad if you answer my question.If we take a look at the conjugation of many Romance languages, we will see that their forms come from Latin. However there are... more
Why the single particle glielo?
One can write:*glielo* porto, *gliene* riferisco, *gliela* scaldo, ...but not:*lelo* porto, *mene* incolse, *tela* scaldo, ...Why *gli* is different in this respect? Where does this difference... more
Does the word "Fahrenheit" mean anything in German?
Is Fahrenheit a real word in German? Does it come from a concept or from a name?
Can the word "prairie" be derived from the arabic word "barary"?
I've found a great similarity between the two words and their meanings."Barary" براري in Arabic is the plural form of "Barr-īyah" بَرِّيَّة, from the word "Barr" meaning land, with the nisbah... more
Is the similarity between the Arabic word Gayyid and the English word Good due to a borrowing?
Why is the Arabic word **جید** (**jayyid**) which is pronounced **gayyid** in Egypt and means *good*, so similar to the word **good** or the German word **gut**? Is it a borrowing? (since the word... more