I know nothing of etymology.... what is the method? And why if the same word pops up in major religions around the world as well as translated from ancient texts as such is this not cause for serious investigation?quote:Originally posted by HonestBrother:quote:Originally posted by Melesi:
1. Meaning is as the word is used. Nobody uses the word like that, therefore that's not what the word means.
2. Moreover, the etymology may not be right. It could be from a similar but different Hebrew word, amman.
3. Be careful of similar-counding felicities. They are usually wrong.
4. Be careful of your motives.
I agree with Melesi here (will wonders ever cease?)
But it frequently happens in linguistic research that one encounters similar sounding words. Just because two words sound or look similar it doesn't mean that they are related in any way. Similarity can be coincidental. So there are methods that are more or less reliable for determing if they are truly related. In the absence of evidence all else is speculation.