Interesting Words (moved from Games)

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú
What’s interesting about marhaban?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
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
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
aut iānuā patente?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Terry S.

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

 

Etaoin Shrdlu

μεσσηγυδορποχέστης
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
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
Yes.
 
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