The Hundred

I saw this on Twitter recently and thought I’d share it because I found it fascinating. Taken from here and it shows the evolution of the word “hundred” across Indo-European languages:

Apologies if you thought I was going to go off on one about the silly new English cricket format. I think it’s best I don’t discuss that.

2 Responses to “The Hundred”

  1. The “h” in Germanic languages where others such as Latin and Greek is not uncommon. Knowing that, it is clear that “heart” and “cardio” are the same word.

    • telescoper Says:

      The evolution from a hard c to a soft c to h is fairly clear.

      Interestingly Irish has a “broad c” and a “slender c” depending on the adjacent vowel and the changing position of the tongue in the mouth in pronouncing these clearly explains this evolution.

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