Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 20:41:20 -0800 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Re: etymology: 'negro', 'necro' Does this mean that "neking" is kissing corpses? Lynne wrote: >> well, first of all, _necro_ or _nekros_ is greek for 'corpse'. the >> latin for death is usually _mors_ (and for corpse is _cadaver_). i >> can't tell from the american heritage whether _nekros_ and _niger_ >> (latin for 'black') have the same IE source, since it doesn't seem to >> give a source for _niger_. >> >I checked a few works on IE and found the root of the Greek nekros to be >*nek-s which is cognate with the Latin nex, necis "violent death" and is >found in the verbs neco and noceo (Frisk. Griechisches etymologisches >Woerterbuch. Heidelberg, 1960-) >A long entry on the Latin niger (Walde. Lateinisches etymologisches >Woerterbuch. Heidelberg, 1938-1956) listed the etymology as uncertain and >cited several theories, none connected with the Greek nekros or the IE >*nek-s. >Allen >maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > >