Questions tagged [etymology]

Linguistic science describing origins of particular words.

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How and when did the Tarim River / Basin get its name?

I recently posted a question on Linguistics:SE asking for a proper etymology of the name "Tarim" as in "Tarim Basin", as well as the name's possible connection with Tocharian (Please see the ...
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How and when did the surname "Apibus" become "de Apapis"?

The Maltese surname Apap derives from "De Apapis", and the family crest features bees. Family lore tells that the surname originates from a person who kept bees. In Latin, Apis is bee, and the most ...
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Why was the new world named America?

Christopher Columbus is widely credited with discovering the new world in 1492 as the leader of an expedition which included 3 ships financed by the kingdom of Spain. Columbus was a seasoned sailor, ...
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If Aristotle said "Birds of a feather flock together," why is it attributed to Plato?

In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is found: Not a few things about friendship are matters of debate. Some define it as a kind of likeness and say like people are friends, whence come the sayings '...