Re: The Heap
- Fr. John R. Shaw had written:
> I was interested enough in this to turn to Diachenko's Slavonic(Luke
> dictionary, where, on p. 275, there is the following entry:
> KUPA: (= Greek "soros"), a heap (Cf. II Chronicles 31:6); a group
> 9:14).For the sake of those who, like myself, are interested in such things,
I also discovered that the Slavonic/Russian word KUPA is the cognate of
our English word "heap".
Thus for example if you have Eric Partridge's book, "ORIGINS: A short
Etymological Dictionary of Modern English", on p. 282 near the top of
the right-hand column, you can read:
"HEAP, noun, comes via Middle English "heep, heap" from Old
English "heapan", which is akin to Old Frisian "haap", Old
Saxon "hoop", Old High German "hufo, houf", German "Haufen",
Dutch "hoop", also to Old Slavonic "kupu" (Church Slavonic "kup,
kupa"), and Sanskrit "kaofa", ('a great heap').
Of course, "vkupe" is derived from "kup" or "kupa", but the meaning is
not the same if the word is separated into its components (cf.
English "he is ahead" vs. "he is a head [i.e. drug user]" -- or such
forms as "I have gotten tickets" vs. "I have got ten tickets"). Spaces
do make a difference...
If all of this seems silly to you -- remember that, from such word
exercises, one can often improve one's vocabulary in two languages at
the same time...
Fr. John R. Shaw