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    Etymology of...the most beautiful human beings :) :P

    I am turning over the etymology of the word woman in my mind right now. It seems rather interesting...

    The etymology dictionary gives the following info: woman - O.E. wimman (pl. wimmen), alteration of wifman (pl. wifmen), a compound of wif "woman" (see wife) + man "human being."
    I learnt the same at my History of English class as well. And I have also believed that it is so....what can we do with the history...

    But now...I've got some doubts...

    I bumped into the word womb in the book I read... Can you see the total similarity?

    woman - [WUM8n]
    womb - [WUM]

    Isn't that tricky???

    To my mind, etymology should be as follows:
    womb + man = woman (a human with a womb)

    Funny, isnt' it?

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    Re: Etymology of...the most beautiful human beings :) :P

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanja
    I am turning over the etymology of the word woman in my mind right now. It seems rather interesting...

    The etymology dictionary gives the following info: woman - O.E. wimman (pl. wimmen), alteration of wifman (pl. wifmen), a compound of wif "woman" (see wife) + man "human being."
    I learnt the same at my History of English class as well. And I have also believed that it is so....what can we do with the history...

    But now...I've got some doubts...

    I bumped into the word womb in the book I read... Can you see the total similarity?

    woman - [WUM8n]
    womb - [WUM]

    Isn't that tricky???

    To my mind, etymology should be as follows:
    womb + man = woman (a human with a womb)

    Funny, isnt' it?
    Very cool indeed. :) Woe is woman.

    wo- - O.E. wif; wif+man > wimman > woman
    womb - O.E. wamb, womb "belly, uterus"

    Here's a site I know you'll enjoy: http://www.etymonline.com/index.html

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    Re: Etymology of...the most beautiful human beings :) :P

    Thanx for the link! :wink:

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    Re: Etymology of...the most beautiful human beings :) :P

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanja
    Thanx for the link! :wink:
    You're welcome. 8)

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