Talk:mandarin

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English etymology 1[edit]

Wikipedia states that it's either from Portuguese or Dutch (instead of the Spanish here) and then from Malay etc. The wikipedia source also gives "from PIE base *men- "to think" (see mind)", but wikipedia did not include that. Who is right? 81.68.255.36 11:43, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

It is from Hindi मंत्री ‎(māntri, minister) via Portuguese or Dutch. मंत्री ‎(māntri) is ultimately from PIE base *men- "to think". —Stephen 12:34, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Ya, but I meant that wiktionary says 'portuguese and spanish' and wikipedia says 'portuguese or dutch'. 81.68.255.36 16:27, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

It is from Hindi मंत्री ‎(māntri, minister) via Portuguese or Dutch (not Portuguese and Spanish). —Stephen 16:39, 25 August 2010 (UTC)