Re: Only connect! [was: Bagaudae/Bacaudae]

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16290
Date: 2002-10-16

Only if your knowledge is limited and you spend the million years
just sitting there and staring at the words. The connection between
<money> and <mint> may not be obvious to a monolingual English-
speaker, but if you happen to know Lat. mone:ta, it's hard not to
suspect a connection. In my first language the word for 'coin' is
<moneta> (from Latin, of course), so I associated that with <money>
before I started studying linguistics.


--- In cybalist@..., x99lynx@... wrote:

> The fact is that when we take a common everyday English word
like "money" or
> "America" , we couldn't in a million years have guessed its real
source if it
> hadn't been clearly laid out for us. And that's why I believe --
with words
> like "Bagaudae" -- one is really out there guessing.