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Sand?

Post by erobins12 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:10 am

A friend and I are having a serious debate on the word “sand” and how it came to be. I’ve done plenty of research- but cannot find much except it came from the German “zand.” Can anyone please help me out? :)
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Post by BonnieL » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:22 pm

It goes way back. Here's one explanation: https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuesti ... _sea_land/

The writer left out the Latin sabulum, from the Greek.

This has a longer list: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sand
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Post by Bobinwales » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:56 pm

But, isn't the German word for "sand"... "Sand"?
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Re: Sand?

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:28 pm

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:56 pm
But, isn't the German word for "sand"... "Sand"?
Yes.

It's possible that erobins12 has mixed up "deutsch" and "Dutch". :lol: The Dutch word for sand is zand, but as you rightly point out, Bob, in German it is sand.
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Post by erobins12 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:29 am

In old German, it was "Zand." The further back you, the more it changes, of course. I am just curious to know on why "sand" is called sand... Does it have something to do with deserts? the sea and the land?
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:57 am

The Wiktionary etymology traces it back to Proto-Indo-European *sámh₂dʰos. That is so far back that it is likely to be impossible to resolve the ultimate origin any further (if there is one).
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