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Posted: 06 June 2017 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Nothing to do with raising one’s eyebrows

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Posted: 07 June 2017 05:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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They’re from the Greek άρχ, via the Latin arx. These words originally meant citadel or fortress, but because such defenses are usually built on heights, came to also mean high or chief.

This is a mess.  There is no “Greek άρχ”; there is a Greek prefix άρχ(ι)- (from which our prefix arch(i)- derives), which derives from the verb ἄρχω ‘to lead, rule,’ from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ergʰ-.  It has nothing to do with Latin arx, which is from Proto-Indo-European *h₂erk-.

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Posted: 08 June 2017 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Fixed. For the life of me, I don’t know what I was thinking or or looking at when I wrote that bit about arx.

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Posted: 08 June 2017 08:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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We’ve all been there.

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Posted: 08 June 2017 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Error in the Greek aside (and I wouldn’t have caught that at all) that was a really interesting article. I’d never given thought to the origin of arch in the sense of cunning or clever before and it is fascinating to see its progress from an attachment to nouns of negative import to a free-standing adjective. A worthwhile addition to the Big List!

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