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The etymology you added looks like a long shot. Tungusic is spoken far away from the Middle East/Mediterranean, where the use of this word seems concentrated, and connecting that with Japanese means you're using the Greater Altaic hypothesis, which is still not widely accepted. And Tibetan, too? What is your source for this? – Krun 08:08, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Words have been known for travelling further than that, the Silk Road is a plausible explanation for this.
Although I believe in the Greater Altaic hypothesis, this is irrelevant here, because the Japanese sake is also a loanword from Tungusic rak.
Here is my source:
(it's an 'official' Dictionary).
Use if you don't believe me, the translation is of very poor quality, but you can see Tibetan and Tungusic there. Bgagaga 15:29, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
look at this as well
  • Late update as I slowly work through older JA entries.
JA sake has no known connection with arrack. The presence of the ak in the middle of the Japanese word is entirely insufficient. Even more so once one starts reading about the etymology of the Japanese word.
Excerpted from , readings added for reference, with additional glosses and my commentary in square brackets:


A likely theory is that the sa is a prefix, and that the ke is a change in vowel from ki, the ancient Japanese word for "sake".
In one line of thought, sake is a compound from the old Japanese words (shiru, [a juice, a drink]) and (ke) meaning "food", with the resulting shiruke changing over time to sake, but this theory is not considered very convincing.
Another theory is that sake may have been called 栄え (sakaemizu [sakae from sakaeru "to thrive, to flourish" + mizu "water", c.f. "water of life", "aqua vita", etc.]) from the way that drinking it makes one merry, and this sakaemizu changed over time to sake.
A related theory holds that sake may be derived as a change in pronunciation from 栄え (sakae no ki) (using the ancient Japanese word ki for "sake").

This makes no mention at all of arrack, and lays out a compelling line of reasoning that the incidental ak in the middle of sake is, in fact, not integral: the "a" and the "k" belong to different elements.
I have since removed the etymology previously given at sake.
(Incidentally, etymologies, pronunciations, and other such information should go on the lemma page, which for most JA entries is the page for the kanji spelling. Rōmaji and kana pages are generally used only as disambig pages, listing all relevant parts-of-speech with each Japanese word or morpheme of that reading listed accordingly, with glosses, and preceded by {{ja-def}} at the beginning of each numbered entry line to redirect users to the appropriate lemma page.)
-- Cheers, Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 17:57, 7 June 2012 (UTC)