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Fun with Etymology

Did you know words for black and white come from the same root word?  bhel-, indo-european for the colors in fire and ash: cf. blanche, black, blanco (Italian, white), alba (through metasthesis).  I speculate also blank (from blanco?).  For more fun check out the Indo-European roots index here.


2 thoughts on “Fun with Etymology

  1. Thank you: etymology is my passion, but so little time. “I should look that up…” is too common a refrain. Plus, my OED is still packed from the last cross country move. Too many boxes simply marked “books and other stuff”!

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