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05.12.2014 09:17:54

Wer hat eine Idee oder weiß es?

by ADietrich
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Joined: 31.10.2014 12:36:54
Warum "E"mbassy aber "A"mbassador?

Danke und Gruß an alle.

06.12.2014 12:43:36

Re: Wer hat eine Idee oder weiß es?

by folletto
Posts: 1605
Joined: 20.03.2011 15:03:37
Hi ADietrich,

Have a look, what I found:

"Embassy" is actually a variant of the word "ambassy" - just a different vowel, but it has the same root as "ambassy" .

Both ambassador and embassy come from the Latin word ambactus, "servant". Going further back in time, the etymology becomes murky. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition), the Latin word may have been derived from Celtic, but that is uncertain. Alternatively, it may come from the Proto-Germanic precursor of modern Dutch/German ambacht. But most etymologists hold the view that the Germanic word must have been derived from either the Celtic or the Latin word.

source: English Language & Usage Stack Exchange



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