Re: [tied] The Brahman and the Brain

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16445
Date: 2002-10-19

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From: tgpedersen
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2002 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] The Brahman and the Brain

> Hermann Møller claims (I believe I recall) a connection between Latin 'multus' and 'plus'. Does that make sense?

Lat. multus seems to derive from *ml.tó-, possibly related to comp. melior, melius < *mél-jos- (the positive grade unattested), which presupposes the root *mel-, tentatively interpreted as 'be strong'. <plu:s>, pl. <plu:res> (archaic forms also <plous, pleores>) derives from *pléh1-jos-, the comparative of *plh1-ú- 'much'. There is no way to connect the two by ordinary means. _Extraordinary_ means (if that's what Møller has recourse to) are beyond my competence.