Why is the Earth named the Earth?
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01-12-2014, 11:13 AM
Why is the Earth named the Earth?
The other planets are named after Greek and Roman gods, so why isn't the Earth named that way also?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I learned it's because that's what God called it. The other planets were created after the Earth, so he let us name those.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth."

Apparently that somehow counts as indisputable evidence for creationism, so checkmate atheists. Facepalm

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01-12-2014, 11:15 AM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:13 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  The other planets are named after Greek and Roman gods, so why isn't the Earth named that way also?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I learned it's because that's what God called it. The other planets were created after the Earth, so he let us name those.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth."

Apparently that somehow counts as indisputable evidence for creationism, so checkmate atheists. Facepalm

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Old English eorthe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aarde and German Erde.

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01-12-2014, 11:19 AM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
Earth is the modern word for ground. Latin was Terra, Greek was Ge, old English was Eoroe, Proto-Germanic was erpo. Sorry I left all the accents.
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01-12-2014, 11:53 AM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:19 AM)wazzel Wrote:  Earth is the modern word for ground. Latin was Terra, Greek was Ge, old English was Eoroe, Proto-Germanic was erpo. Sorry I left all the accents.

You damn insufferable know-it-all.
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01-12-2014, 01:37 PM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
The word for "Earth" was much more fundamental in proto-germanic than the names for the other planets. There's a reason we adopted French and Latin legal terms but pronouns.
(notwithstanding deliberate classicalism on the part of e.g. astronomers/astrologers through most of the history of the English language)

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01-12-2014, 01:52 PM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
Seems fitting, it does look like an Earth
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01-12-2014, 02:06 PM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:13 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  The other planets are named after Greek and Roman gods, so why isn't the Earth named that way also?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I learned it's because that's what God called it. The other planets were created after the Earth, so he let us name those.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth."

Apparently that somehow counts as indisputable evidence for creationism, so checkmate atheists. Facepalm
Well it is also called Gaia or Gaea who is a greek goddess. She's also on Captain Planet as the spirit of earth. Tongue

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01-12-2014, 02:16 PM (This post was last modified: 01-12-2014 02:19 PM by wazzel.)
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:53 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(01-12-2014 11:19 AM)wazzel Wrote:  Earth is the modern word for ground. Latin was Terra, Greek was Ge, old English was Eoroe, Proto-Germanic was erpo. Sorry I left all the accents.

You damn insufferable know-it-all.
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I just look stuff like that up when the question is asked. Most of that information is out there if you look.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/earth?s=t
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01-12-2014, 03:09 PM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:13 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  The other planets are named after Greek and Roman gods, so why isn't the Earth named that way also?

If I had to guess, the names were given by people who were watching the heavens for signs and omens and assigning the names of gods to the planets was part of the mythology. They weren't naming planets after the gods, they were identifying the actual gods in the sky. They wouldn't call the ground under their feet by a god's name because it wasn't a god (at least not until it was personified as Gaia).

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01-12-2014, 03:59 PM
RE: Why is the Earth named the Earth?
(01-12-2014 11:13 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  The other planets are named after Greek and Roman gods, so why isn't the Earth named that way also?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I learned it's because that's what God called it. The other planets were created after the Earth, so he let us name those.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth."

Apparently that somehow counts as indisputable evidence for creationism, so checkmate atheists. Facepalm

A more interesting question might be why there aren't any planets named after saints, apostles or popes. You'd think that Jesus would at least get his name on an asteroid for all his writhing on the cross.

Days of the week? Norse gods, a greek and a pair of fairly obvious astronomical bodies.

Months of the year? All old Roman including a pair of Ceasars. You'd think that Pope Greg could have reassigned a few of the ones that were just numbered while he was redoing the calendar but he must have been a thoughtless bastard obsessed with leap-years.

It must suck to be the new kid on the block with everything already named for somebody else. Poor christians.

I wonder whose creationists this is proof for. Ragnarok anybody?

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