Peter Montgomery wrote:
>Etymology is usually the best scholarly starting
>point when it comes down to a single word. You
>may wish to check out the etymology of the Greek
Etymology can be very helpful, but your claim that it is "usually the
best scholarly starting point when it comes down to a single word" seems
to me exaggerated. But then, you don't follow your own suggestion. Your
direction towards the etymology of "logos" is a step at least beyond
that starting point. "Logos" plays no part in the etymology of "word,"
the "single word" Vishvesh inquired after.
From the OED -- I've transliterated the Greek characters, sans accents:
[OE. word str. n. = OFris., OS. word, MDu. wort (Du. woord), OHG.,
MHG., G. wort, ON. orð (Sw., Da. ord), Goth. waurd:–OTeut.
*wurdom:–pre-Teut. *wrdho-; cf. Lith. vardas name, Lett. wàrds word,
forename, OPruss. wirds word, OIr. fordat ‘inquiunt’.
Indo-Eur. werdh- is generally taken to be a deriv. of wer-, were-,
which appears in Gr.ereo I shall say, rhetor speaker, L. verbum
word, Skr. vratám command, law, etc.]