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Etymology of sick

Posted by Johannes on 8 March 2009

Etymology of sick
The word sick derives from the Greek sickhos (weak, sick, unwell, having nausea, being detestable; σικχός).

Η λέξη sick προέρχεται από το ελληνικό σικχός (ο μη ευκόλως ευχαριστούμενος, ο ασθενής, ο δύστροπος, ο ρέπων σε ναυτία, σιχαμερός και σιχαινόμενος΄ παρ.: σικχαίνω: σιχαίνομαι, βδελύσσομαι).

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2 Responses to “Etymology of sick”

  1. Luther Blissett said

    Does either sickhos or sick relate to siccus (dry) as claimed by folklorist Alan Dundes?

    • Luther Blissett said

      Having spent the last 3 hrs researching this I believe Dundes was wrong on the siccus/sick connection.

      But his larger point that the word for ‘sick’ is related to moisture/dryness might be right as there is at least one school of thought that has both ‘sick’ and ‘suck’ going back to the same PIE root…

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