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Mission Creep [Jul. 11th, 2007|09:43 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I'm talking about the etymology of the word "barbarian".

On the ZZ9members mailing list, a forum for fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Under a subject line of "Re: Sunny D".


Yes, that's what I thought too. Something to do with the Poles putting accents on consonants, I think. Most of it made some sort of sense at the time. I blame lproven.

[User Picture]From: watervole
2007-07-12 07:39 am (UTC)
Without looking at the thread...

I believe it comes from the Romans, who thought all non-Romans just made 'bar bar' sounds, which were definitely not proper Latin, and thus called them 'barbarians.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-13 02:12 pm (UTC)
Not bad -- the Romans used the term "barbarius", but this is derived in turn from the slightly earlier Greek term "barbaros".
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[User Picture]From: pierre_fermat
2007-07-13 02:15 pm (UTC)
"I blame lproven."

Apparently that is all the rage at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2007-07-18 03:45 am (UTC)
Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me?
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