Re: [tied] English "sea"

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9323
Date: 2001-09-10

There is also Gothic <saiws> 'lake, marsh, sea' and <mari-saiws> 'sea'. The Proto-Germanic reconstruction is *saiwaz, which could be the same word as <saevus> (*saiwos), though lakes (at least in Europe) are not particularly raging or fierce. A further connection with *saiwalo: 'soul' has also been proposed, though again the formal agreement (*-al-o: is a plausible derivation) fares better than the semantics. Another speculative link is with the Greek word <haima> 'blood' (if < *sai-mn), but it's not the kind of stuff that could be called a solid etymology.
----- Original Message -----
From: Chris
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 11:47 PM
Subject: [tied] English "sea"

Hi all:
Kind of off topic at the moment, but I'm trying to find a decent
etymology for the English word "sea" for an assignment in an English
lang. history class I'm taking.  So far, all I've got is
Mid.Eng. "see" coming from OldEng. "sæ:", and a list of Germanic
cognates.  Anyone know of the original OG form, or an IE cognate?  I
saw Latin "saevus" listed as a possibility, but it was from an old,
fairly unreliable source.
Any help would be appreciated.
Chris Straughn

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