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 Jun4 comment What is the origin of the word “Latin”? al Lat is an ancient Arabian goddess, and is mentioned in the Quran[53:19], and the Hadith in relation to the Satanic Verses. She was part of a trinity of sorts. Jun4 comment Is there a Germanic word for the Latin “number”? To be clear, I'm not super committed to defending this line of reasoning. It just seemed like it'd make an interesting comment. I still think there's some truth to what I said, but I haven't given it enough thought to be sure, and certainly not enough to argue the point. Jun4 comment Is there a Germanic word for the Latin “number”? @PatrickKelly - It's not really to do with initialisation, though I get what you're saying there. It's just that a number, as an abstract concept, is something very different to an amount. We agree on that, but I'm suggesting [only suggesting] that while people may have named some of the common amounts [the low and round numbers], like a dozen, a score or a hundred, they'd still lack the concept of numbers proper, so they wouldn't have a word for that idea. I'd expect 'amount names', including common fractions, and words like tally, but not a word that describes integers, reals etc. Jun4 awarded Quorum Jun4 comment Is there a Germanic word for the Latin “number”? The conceptual difference lies in nothing being the lowest amount you can have; no amount can be less than nothing. Zero is just a number, like `-1` is just a number, on an infinite line. If you replace the absence of something (a `null` value) with `0`, you'll mess up even basic arithmetic, like finding a mean. The OP makes it clear that they believe "something as simple as a word for the thing you count with should exist in any language with counting", which is overly simplistic. A word meaning amount should exist, but a word meaning number would not. Jun4 comment Is there a Germanic word for the Latin “number”? Tale here describes a tally, which is only a number if you conceptualise it as being one. Prior to mathematics, a tally would be an amount, not a number. See my comment on the question. Jun4 comment Is there a Germanic word for the Latin “number”? It's worth considering that, in simple terms, prior to their invention by the Arabs, and our adoption of them during the Enlightenment, Westerners never had numbers. We could count, but counting only gives you an amount, and from amounts rise fractions, but until you have conceptual distinction between nothing and zero, you do not have the concept of numbers, only amounts, which can be expressed with numerals. On that basis, I assume there will be no original Germanic word for numbers in the modern sense. Jun2 comment What is a word that describes when someone requires a certain quality of another person in order for them to be a possible dating option? "It's also a Slang term." May31 comment Name for DIY Electronics as a hobby They are called makers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture May26 comment Opposite of “depends on” Downstream packages depend on things further upstream. May26 answered “You look good. The last time I seen you, you looked terrible, your head was busted in and —” May26 comment “Thirty times weaker”: Using a multiplier to describe the lack of something I would have thought that something can only be thirty times weaker than something that is quantifiably weak. It is not the same as being one thirtieth the strength. If someone needs to get one more point to win a game, and I need five more, my position is five times weaker, not one fifth as strong. May26 comment Why does the meaning of a root sound different than the root? As-salamu alaykum @Mitch May25 comment Academic writing Photo or Photograph Given the context, photograph seems better, if only to help eliminate any casual tone. May25 comment Why does the meaning of a root sound different than the root? They're not all Latin. If you're just making up words, I don't understand the question. Just pick a bunch of random noises and put them in rows. Blumfinich krargum mukashakalah. May25 comment Is there any saying or idiom to describe the opposite of “blessing in disguise”? @TusharRaj - Let it go. Giving away millions of dollars is not a blessing, it's an act of charity. It may be a blessing for the people receiving the benefits. If they were fed, but then it turned out the food was rotten, and they all died of food poisoning, that'd work, but that's not blowback. And your other suggestions were equally poor, but had already been commented on. Genuinely, I'm not going to respond to this thread anymore. All the best for the next question dude. May25 comment Why does the meaning of a root sound different than the root? To help with constructing a convincing language for a fantasy world, if you haven't already, spend some time reading J.K. Rowling. She has a gift for doing what you're trying to do when she comes up with names for magical spells. You can probably get all you need from just reading the fan wikis. May25 comment Is there any saying or idiom to describe the opposite of “blessing in disguise”? Yes. But one that appeared to be a blessing, but that was a curse in disguise. And please don't shout at me. May25 comment Is there any saying or idiom to describe the opposite of “blessing in disguise”? Blowback just generally refers just unforeseen, unwanted consequences of your own actions. Blowback does not appear to be a blessing. None of the examples really fit the actual question. This answer just goes off on its own tangent. May25 comment Is the sentence; 'Can people stop inviting me to play games I don't want to.' grammatically correct? Hey @Inquiring, welcome to Stack Exchange. Check out our sister site, English Language Learners. It's much better suited to this kind of question. ell.stackexchange.com