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We believe that evolved from the term bero, or even”brown one” at Proto-Germanic, an ancient language spoken by a set of tribes in northern Europe from about 500 B.C.E. And that is where things get very interesting. You seethe parent language of Proto-Germanic, called Proto-Indo-European, had its own, distinct word for bear, quite approximately pronounced”hrktos.”
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So there you have it. Our previous title isn’t just lost, though: It lives on from the brown bear’s scientific designation, Ursus arctos, in addition to in the English word”Arctic.”
Why did people suddenly invent a new name to your bear? Before electrical fences and guns and houses bears were northern Europe’s apex predator. Hunters were cautious of hrktos that they came to believe that talking about them had been asking for trouble. Finally, linguists believe, the word became taboo that Germanic people began using a euphemism, bero, rather than
A: Can a bear by any other name be scary? I really don’t understand. But I’m awfully pleased with my own moniker. The term”bear” has a far more interesting history behind it than many animals’ names–one that speaks to this long and complicated connection between us and humans.
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