Friday, June 10, 2011

About the English word 'house'

The English word 'house' derives from *huus, a Germanic root of non-Indo-European ancestry.
It would seem that *huus can be satisfactorily compared with a Semitic word *hus.s.u 'hut', attested in Arabic hus.s.u 'reed hut', which probably also has connections with Yeniseian *hu?s 'house'. The Semitic word was borrowed into Armenian huts' 'hut, room, cellar'.
Germanic is probably a loanword but this root is ancient, potentially of Nostratic origin.

All the best. A.

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