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Humanist Archives: March 25, 2020, 6:42 a.m. Humanist 33.691 - etymological digressions: obscaenus

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        Date: 2020-03-24 10:11:43+00:00
        From: Bernhard Bauer 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.683: etymological digressions


just an addition to the etymologies for the Latin word. Michiel De Vaan in his
"Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages" (Brill 2008)
derives Lat. obscaenus from PIE *skeh2-i-no- 'shaded; left -- gives the
following etymology:

"EM [Etymologicum Magnum] propose to compare scaevus 'left, bad', and analyse
*ob-skai-no- 'coming from the left side'. This seems worthy of consideration:
semantically it would fit perfectly, and, formally, a Pit. formation *skaino-
would be quite close to Balto-Slavic *skeh2i-n(-i)- 'shadow'. - (De Vaan
2008, 422)

With best wishes,
Bernhard Bauer

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