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From: (Raymond Whritenour)
Subject: Re: [DNA] Barbarian and Webster's...
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:55:15 -0400
In-Reply-To: "CJMax" <moments-in-time@charter.net>'s message of Tue, 28 Jun 2005 09:40:21 -0500


Cliff:

The Romans didn't "borrow" the word from the Greeks. They are cognate
words in each language, which derive from an earlier common tongue. I
fear we're going far afield of DNA, however.

Ray Whritenour

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Webster's recognizes "barbarian" as being a Greek word (thank you,
Mary). Evidently the Romans borrowed it letter for letter. Webster's
says: "foreign; so called by the Greeks because the talk of a foreigner
sounded like 'bar-bar'...The Greeks and Romans called othr peoples
'barbarians.'"

Cliff. Johnston


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