Alisbet wrote:That seems rather reasonable to me.
Should be, it's got solid scholarship behind it. Everything I say here about English etymology can be verified from the Oxford English Dictionary
and similar vetted sources (i.e. not kook sites on the web).
Indeed, the Online Etymology Dictionary
(visited July 27, 2010) traces it to W.Gmc. *kiukinam
, and thence to the root *keuk-
. That's where onomatopoeia appears to come in.
(All subsequent etymologies from Online Etymology Dictionary
Ruth is probably a contraction of Heb. reuth
"companion, friend, fellow woman."
Falasha also has "column" wrong. It comes from OF colombe
, which in turn is from L. columna
("pillar"), a collateral form of columen
("top, summit"), derived from PIE *kel-
("to project"). Nothing to do with doves except as a place to perch.
Finally, his/her argument that "chicken" is a diminutive misattributes several words as diminutives:
Burden: From OE byrðen
("a load, weight, charge, duty"), from P.Gmc. *burthinjo
("that which is borne"), from PIE *bher-
(1) ("carry, give birth.")
Even: From OE efen
("level, equal"), from P.Gmc. *ebnaz
Heaven: As Falasha noted, from OE heofon
(which actually means "home of God"), possibly P.Gmc. *khemina-
, from PIE *kem-/*kam-
Morn: Contraction, not diminutive, of ME morwen
, from OE (Mercian) margen
(dat. of marne
), earlier morgen
), from P.Gmc. *marganaz
("morning"), perhaps from PIE *mergh-
("to blink, twinkle").
Oven: From OE ofen
("furnace, oven"), from P.Gmc. *ukhnaz
, from PIE *aukw-
Vixen: From OE *fyxen (feminine of fox), with Gmc feminine suffix -en, -in
Weapon: From OE wæpen
("instrument of fighting and defense") from P.Gmc. *wæpnan
, from *webno-m
, of unknown origin.