Re: Mixed Message

Subject: Re: Mixed Message
From: David Dvorkin <ddvorki -at- USWEST -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 08:20:48 -0700

Edward Savitz wrote:

> BTW, back to language and Female stuff, I had hear that man has a Latin
> root for hand as in "mano" from romance languages. Does anyone know if
> it's true?

The dictionary is your friend. :)

No, "man" comes from a Germanic root, not a Latin one. Nothing to do
with hand.

And while we're at it, the ending -man really means -person, not a male,
so the current silliness of substituting -person for -man has no
linguistic justification, besides creating ugly neologisms.


David Dvorkin


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