[PD] [OT] Re: about sexism

Bryan Jurish moocow at ling.uni-potsdam.de
Thu Oct 11 10:10:37 CEST 2007

On 2007-10-10 16:53:33, "Martin Peach" <martin.peach at sympatico.ca>
appears to have written:
> 'Barbarian'
> is another word that didn't mean anything bad at first...and 'windows' ;)

afaik, "barbarian" is derived from ancient Greek for "foreigner", a
'foreigner' being defined basically as 'someone who doesn't speek
Greek', hence the term "barbarian", since all these folks could say
(according to the originatal users of the word 'barbarian') was "ba ba
ba ba ba"... i dunno about you folks, but i think that's a pretty heavy
etymological load to carry; certainly heavier than "horde"...


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