I wonder if there's any relation to Finn's father. Could Finn have
originally been a slave-girl's son before the monks gave him a noble origin?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Candon McLean" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: Etymology of Cumal 'female slave'
That etymology makes sense. Slaves would get tired working
Could you comment on why a _cumal_ was equal to 3 milch cows as
opposed to the 3 cows ready to be cooked on the barby? Were milch
cows worth more?
Or was the first _cumal_ a dairymaid? ;-)
On 12/18/06, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Candon McLean wrote:
> > Has anyone encountered an etymology ...?
> LEIA (Bachellery & Lambert) favors an etymology first suggested
> by Stokes, who derived "cumal" from "cuma". If true, "cumal"
> would go back to *kamulâ, from the IE verbal root *kam- (or
> *kem@- [kemH2-] = "to get tired". Compare Greek kámnô.