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Where could I find examples of words and their etymologies that occur frequently in many different languages?

For example, I know that the English word "Mother" shares a similar etymology with many other languages from civilizations across the globe.

Is there an online resource that provides examples of some (or many!) other words like this.

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@Theta30 That's a great call. I missed linguistics in the stack exchange list. –  Nick Vaccaro Feb 27 '12 at 22:02
    
there was even a question about why "mama" is so common in many languages:linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/865/… –  Theta30 Feb 27 '12 at 22:09
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Probably should have moved it to linguistics before down-voting and closing the question... Thanks. –  Nick Vaccaro Feb 27 '12 at 22:21
    
@Norla Please see the comment about automatic downvotes when questions are closed as off topic. It wasn't a user, just the system –  simchona Feb 28 '12 at 4:04
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closed as off topic by FumbleFingers, simchona, Gnawme, aedia λ, Jim Feb 27 '12 at 22:18

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http://www.etymonline.com/

This site may help, although it may not be as specific as you are looking for.

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Helpful, definitely, but I was kind of hoping for a paper or such with a list of examples. Ty though! +1 –  Nick Vaccaro Feb 27 '12 at 22:19
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