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Old 8th January 2014, 06:27 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by ariel
Well, despite being an Indo-European language, Persian is not the cradle of linguistic civilization: Jungle is from the Sanskrit "Jangala", uncultivated land, Skeleton is Greek "skeletos", dessicated body, "committee" is Latin " committere", to collect ( committee per se is an English legal term of 15th century for a person to whom something is entrusted), Group is Proto-Germanic Kruppaz, a lump, Restaurant is a French neologism for an eatery serving nutritious meat bouillons, allegedly " restoring" human vitality ( McDonalds being the shining example:-)), and finally Star, is pure Sanskrit ( star) or Hittite (Shittar), both languages predating Persian by a week or two :-) :-)

Salaams Ariel,

I really can't tell which was earlier: Kurdish or Sanskrit, but I can tell you for sure that Persian predated Greek. Persian is really ancient. The other derivatives you've shown may have older sources; not necessarily those whom you mentioned, but you could be right regarding "restaurant" being taken by the Persians from the French.

Just have to make sure which is older: Kurdish or Sanskrit.

Thanks a lot for your clarifying post!

As ever,
Ahmed Helal Hussein
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