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