Bob Hilden: I have a client who wants to include "earth" in a list of words whose origins are Arabic. Neither my MW10 or AH suggests that its etymology might be from a semitic language. Anyone have any idea as to where her idea may have come from?
Bill Doggett: She may be connecting it to the Aryan word "ar" (to plow) but OED dismisses this connection as implausible. -Bill
F. Ojeda: Arabic word for "earth" is "ard" (confer German "Erde", Dutch "Aard"), but that doesn't implies an Arabic origin.....

Return to the Archive Index
Return to the Word for Word articles
Return to the BrisMail Home page