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From: "CJMax" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Barbarian and Webster's...
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 14:25:06 -0500
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Thanks. A wee bit of trivia when correct is always nice to add to one's
memory bank - granted, not DNA but interesting. It may help some us feel
more comfortable and use the word more accurately when we consider using
"barbarian" in the future though. Personally, I avoid using the word
because of its very inclusive meaning to the Romans. It just signifies a
foreigner who isn't Roman. That covers a lot of ground very vaguely.

Cliff. Johnston
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From: "Raymond Whritenour" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Barbarian and Webster's...

> 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
> ----------------------------
> 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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