Re: Germanic 'bear'

From: Tavi
Message: 68765
Date: 2012-03-05

--- In, Piotr Gasiorowski <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> And indeed descriptive epithets completely replaced the inherited
> word in the languages of IE groups whose familiarity with the animal
> surely as intimate as that of the Germani. It became 'the shaggy one'
> the Balts and 'the honey-eater' to the Slavs. Whether actual taboo or
> hunters' slang (which may be the same thing), such replacements are
> commonplace.
I disagree in the case of Germanic and Baltic.