corn, rice, grain

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corn, rice, grain

Postby Jeffrey » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:16 am


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Re: corn, rice, grain

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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby Ben » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 am

Until quite recently, corn was a synonym for grain or seed.
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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby Jeffrey » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:05 am

Good answer. Or as the English might say: Brilliant!

Now the question is, why would corn be a substitute for grain, given that corn didn't make its way to Europe any sooner than it did India? Perhaps it was a result of fadishness, like iPad replacing an earlier and more representative generic term such as tablet.

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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby Ben » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:56 am

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Etymology+of+corn

Please keep in mind the Pali language forum is for the study of Pali, not English.
Questions regarding the etymology and usage of non-Pali words is beyond the purview of this sub-forum.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby Jeffrey » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:03 am

Of course, of course. Just thought since we were on the topic, and all things being interdependent...

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Re: corn, rice, grain

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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby Jeffrey » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:26 am

Ha, I was looking at this backward. Corn was the original word for grains (e.g., barleycorn), but then became associated with one grain, maize.

Thanks for sorting me out, and sorry for all the English language chat here, Ben.

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Re: corn, rice, grain

Postby bharadwaja » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:14 pm

Dhañña (grain) was also once viewed as wealth (dhana) in India, these words for grain and wealth are etymologically related.

Trade was (probably even in the Buddha's time) done as barter (with measures of grain being used as money and exchangeable with gold).


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