people think the etymology of "helicopter" is "heli" and "copter", but it's actually "helico" and "pter" meaning "spinning bird"
yes, that's the same "pter" in "pterodactyl", and "dactylus", yes, the same "dactylus" as in "dactilography" or "dactilitis"
"pterodactly" means "flying finger", because they had this one long hell finger on each hand that formed the edge of their wing flap
correction, "pter" is "wing" not "flying", oops, my memory's not what it used to be
but it is a cognate with "pteron", "I fly" so who's to say which is right and wrong
20.000 years of language
@trickster next thing you’re going to tell me is pter is a cognate for feather and I just won’t have it
@jasonscheirer luckily i can't find anything to this connection
@jasonscheirer oooooohhhhh nnnooooo
@jasonscheirer in short, language is a land of contrasts
@trickster Grimm’s Law fully explains why the two look so different, p -> f, t -> th
@jasonscheirer dang, you're right, thanks for pointing this out
"What she means to scream is “Hübsch Räuber! Hübsch Räuber!” which means “Cute-looking robber! Cute-looking robber!” But she can’t pronounce those umlauts. So it comes out “Hubschrauber! Hubschrauber!” which means “Helicopter! Helicopter!” well, it’s 1920-something, and nobody in earshot even knows what the word means, Liftscrewer, what’s that?"
- Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"
@trickster And in Flemish, wentelwiek --- "with rotary vanes."
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