Latin bardus and gurdus

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Latin bardus and gurdus

Post by cquiles » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:29 pm

Nicholas Zair (2018). Latin bardus and gurdus. Glotta: Volume 94, Issue 1, pp. 311-318.

The origin of the Latin words bardus ‘stupid’ and gurdus ‘stupid’ is examined. It is shown that bardus cannot be borrowed from Etruscan, as previously claimed. It is probably a borrowing from Oscan and is cognate with forms like Greek βραδύς, Lithuanian gurdùs ‘slow’. While gurdus could be a loanword from some unknown language, it could also be the regular result in Latin of *gword-o-, an o-stem adjective derived from the same root as the u-stem that lies behind bardus.
Carlos Quiles - Academia Prisca

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