Thread: Random Thought Thread
07-22-2015, 12:18 PM #53681
07-22-2015, 12:20 PM #53682WOOP WOOP WOOP
07-22-2015, 12:22 PM #53683
07-22-2015, 12:37 PM #53684
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07-22-2015, 12:40 PM #53686
That made me think of latin words for rat and mouse
Mus Maximus; Mus Minimus
Douche Minimus (little douche)
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What's the etymology of the word etymology?
07-22-2015, 01:08 PM #53687
Are you sure? I thought mouse was mus or mus musculus in the case of the housemouse and rat is rattus.
And I just looked up etymology: "The word etymology is derived from the Greek word ἐτυμολογία, etymologia, itself from ἔτυμον, etymon, meaning "true sense" and the suffix -logia, denoting "the study of""
07-22-2015, 01:14 PM #53688
But the general essence of it is that there was little distinction between mice and rats. The rough translations would be small mouse and big mouse.
07-22-2015, 01:22 PM #53689
Further research shows 'rattus' originated from vulgar (common) latin. However, 'mus' may have been used as a generic blanket label for both species.
Again, I think it might depend on era and location.
07-22-2015, 01:26 PM #53690
Sounds plausible. The Spanish terms rata and ratón are weird though because -ón is usually augmentative and so a mouse would be a "big rat". Am I missing something?