Interesting Words (moved from Games)

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

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Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

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Pacifica

grammaticissima

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Pacifica

grammaticissima

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  • Patrona

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

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What’s interesting about marhaban?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima

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At a guess, the etymology, but I'm sure Pacifica will be along soon enough to tell you what she intended.
Yes, the etymology. The word for "welcome" is based on a root with the idea of wideness, which seems fitting: think about welcoming someone with arms wide open.
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

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I thought it was more or less clearly referring to welcoming the guest into one’s own spacious house, considering the culture.
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris

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aut iānuā patente?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima

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Terry S.

Quaestor

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What if your house isn't spacious? Poor people can be hospitable too.
The space for strangers in tiny Irish cottages was a place by the hearth to bed down for the night.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima

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Pacifica

grammaticissima

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And, by the way, that word, or rather a phrase containing it, was borrowed into French:

 

Etaoin Shrdlu

μεσσηγυδορποχέστης

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In Arabic, a watch (timepiece) is an hour.
The German word for clock is Uhr. The normal word for 'hour' in German is Stunde, but Uhr is a loanword from Latin in this sense. The way to ask what time it is in German is wie viel Uhr ist es?, which presumably inspired the comic interlude in Casablanca.
 
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Pacifica

grammaticissima

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Pacifica

grammaticissima

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Arabic and German are awesome. And even sound a bit alike (harsh and guttural), as I've said before.
 

Clemens

Civis Illustris

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Yes, the etymology. The word for "welcome" is based on a root with the idea of wideness, which seems fitting: think about welcoming someone with arms wide open.
I wonder if this is also the origin of the name Rahab, the woman of Jericho who helped the Hebrews sneak in.
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

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Yes.
 
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