Dear D., I.E. stands for Indo-European, the unrecorded prehistoric language from which the present-day Indo-European languages are descended. Since, it was unrecorded linguists have to do some detective work to surmise what Indo-European words were. Today the Indo-European languages refer to a large, widespread family of languages comprising those spoken in most of Europe and in the parts of the world colonized by Europeans since 1500 and also in Persia, the subcontinent of India, and some other parts of Asia including Italic, Slavic, Baltic, Hellenic, Celtic, Germanic, and Indo-Iranian, spoken by about half the world's population: English, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Albanian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Persian, Hindi, and Hittite are all Indo-European languages.
In my opinion, and I’m not sure of this, Partridge is mistaken in his analysis. Whole can be traced back to the prehistoric Germanic ‘khailaz’ which meant ‘undamaged’– not ‘beautiful.’ And ‘khailaz’ does derive from the Indo-European word ‘qoilos.’
(Ayto’s ‘Dictionary of Word Origins)
Ken G – December11, 2003
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)