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16 May 2008 @ 11:44 am
Fun With Etymology  
Kemet > The ancient Egyptian people's name for their country. It means "Black Land," in reference to the fertile black soil along the Nile.

Khem > Coptic variation of Kemet.

Kimia > Arabic variation of Khem.

al-Kimia > Arabic term for an ancient philosophy/investigation of nature.

Alchemy > English variation of al-Kimia.

Chemistry > One of the eventual progressions of alchemy.

Thus, the "chem" in chemistry refers to ancient Egypt.

That's awesome.
sageblessing on May 17th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Interesting... The word for "chemistry" in Spanish is "quimica", with the "qu" pronounced like a "k". Granted, a LOT of Spanish as we know it today is based off of Arabic because of the Moorish influence in Spain.
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on May 17th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
In German, it's Chemie- unsurprising, a lot of German and English words are very similar to one another.

Moorish Spain was such a neat time period. Ahead of its time, really! On a semi-random note, I had a Spanish/Arabic album kicking around called Alabina. I think the band name was Los Rios del Sara? Not sure... but it was a great album.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on May 17th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
That totally IS awesome. :D
Miusherimiusheri on May 17th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of something I wanted to do years ago: see if I couldn't find a link between Ma'at and amina (the Arabic word for "truth"). Because if my first name might be partially derived from Ma'at, that would be kickass.

In Farsi, though, my name means "Shasta daisy." ;)