linguistics OT (was planting offsets)

Jim McKenney
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:09:37 PDT
Kip, good examples. 
I learned about this first as a kid from the modern Hindi name for the hook the elephant trainers use, the ankhus, ankusha or ankusa. 
The zoological name for our local copperhead snake is Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon is the orthodox Romanizaton), Classical Greek from the words for hook (ankistron)  and tooth. Gk in Classical Greek was thought to have been pronounced as nk, so the sounds are very similar. 
I promise to stop here and not turn this into another philological peregrination. 
Jim McKenney

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