Talk:fisk

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etymology of fisk[edit]

In Appendix:List of Proto-Indo-European roots/h₂ it says that Old Norse fiskr is derived from Appendix:Proto-Indo-European/h₂ep-. In Appendix:List of Proto-Indo-European nouns it is said to derive from Proto-Indo-European *peisk-. Are they related or is one of them wrong? The etymology should be the same for Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, and in accordance with etymology 1 on fish, and Old High German fisk.--Leo Laursen – (talk · contribs) 14:11, 29 May 2010 (UTC)

Mallory and Adams make the 'fish' word *piḱsḱos < *piḱ-sḱo 'spotted' built on *peiḱ 'paint, mark' and suppose it originally denoted the (spotted) trout. I happen to think that sounds more plausible than the *h₂p-isk- thing, but at any rate the appendix probably oughtn't take a speculative position on something on which there's no consensus like this. 69.134.90.190 01:15, 19 September 2010 (UTC)