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Why are they called werewolves and not wolfotaurs?

>> No.41147861

>>41147851
Are you fucking stupid?

Stop shitposting.

>> No.41147879

Because they are not half wolf, half cow.

>> No.41147901

>>41147879
Just found my new character,

Awoooomoooo!

>> No.41147939

>>41147901
Amooooooo!

>> No.41147954

The "were" in "werewolf" is the Old English word for "man." The word "man" used to be a gender-neutral pronoun, hence wo-man.

: )

>> No.41147981

>>41147851
Were coming from wereman, meaning in ye olde times a human male, before it was shortened to just man.

And yes that means that female werewolfs should be called wowolfs

>> No.41148035

>>41147981
I did not know that tidbit.
That's pretty interesting.

>> No.41148043

So if the "taur" in minotaur means bull, does that mean centaurs are cen-bulls? What is cen anyways? Is it also old english?

>> No.41148113

>>41148043
Interestingly, centaur is derived from a Thessalonian horse tribe, the kentaurus.

>> No.41148114

>>41147981
Wereman sounds like something ultra bara

>> No.41148128

>>41148113

Neat

>> No.41148132

>>41147981
Actually Waifwolf.

>> No.41148143
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41148143

Does this make anyone else incredibly angry?

>> No.41148153

>>41148043
minotaur and centaur are greek, originally being minotaurus and kentaurus. Minotaurus was a combo of the place Minos and Taurus which meant bull. kentaurus however does not seem to share this pattern.

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41148166

>>41148132
*waifuwolf
Waif is more like pic related.

...wait...

>> No.41148181

>>41148143
goblins had a million different names. fantasy has always had a tendency to make unique things out of different names for the same thing

>> No.41148192
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41148192

Can someone explain this to me?

>> No.41148203

>>41148132
Your right it isn't wowolf, but it would actually be wifwolf, no a.

>> No.41148224

>>41147901
>Awoooomoooo!

Oh god I'm gasping for breath

>> No.41148251

>>41148192
The lip and tongue movements used to make the sound "elf" are very similar to the lip and tongue movements used to make the sound "alp".

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41148255

>>41147939
If you put him in a mecha, does he become Amooro Ray?

>> No.41148262

>>41148192
Well, that explains why we're angry about elves.
I hate nightmares.

>> No.41148279

>>41148255
Or you could be a mummy cow.
Named amoomoo

>> No.41148305

>>41148279
They could also throw him into a Moosou game as Cow Cow.

>> No.41148324

>>41148305
I wonder if they transform during a full mooooon

>> No.41148341

>>41148192
The original elves weren't like Tolkien.

>> No.41148421

>>41147954
This anon has it broadly right.

"Man" was a gender-neutral word for "people" or "humans". Wer-man was "male-person" and wif-man was "female-person". You can see how wif-man later became woman and wife. Similarly "wer-wolf" was literally "man-wolf".

>> No.41148431

>>41147981
>wereman

Ralph Johnson seems like a normal man, but during the full moon he becomes . . .

AN

EVEN

MANLIER

MAN

this could be a fun comic

>> No.41148501

>>41148192
Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.

>> No.41148510

>>41148431
He becomes a lumberjack?

>> No.41148646

>>41148510
And he's okay.

>> No.41151041

>>41147851
I think Wer means man.... right?

>> No.41151101

>>41148143
>>41148192

What is this? It seems like some sort of cognate showing tool, but the arrows make it look like it show descent (which is wrong except for, apparently, kobold and gobelin, which is Middle High German kobold > Middle French gobelin > Middle English goblin).

>> No.41151117

>>41147851

I just thought of a pun that I will never use for anything, so you are welcome:

Manotaur.

>> No.41151148

>>41151117
Already got used a good 20 years ago in one of the stupidest wrestling gimmicks ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY8Bd9vNVbU

>> No.41151248

>>41151148
Wrestling looks so fucking lame and obviously scripted but so entertaining. It's the reason I watch the Eurovision; A freakshow. So bad it's amazing.

>> No.41151273

>>41151248
90's era WWE is the fucking best for being a pantomime

All the big stars from before left so they had to try and fill up a whole roster with new characters which led to all kinds of stupid shit

>> No.41151289

>>41147851
Werewolves sound better in french

Loup Garou

>> No.41151299

As I understand it, a creature is tauric if it is half one creature, half another. Not if it is mixed. So a drider is tauric, while an ettercap is not.
On top of this, werewolves are shapeshifters, not stuck in a permanent hybrid form.

>> No.41151450

>>41151299
Please don't. This use of the word comes from a template in 3.5 and has no precedent in the history of human languages.

>> No.41151971

>>41148192
What site is that? Looks interesting

>> No.41151999

Orc was originally a generic term for demon

>> No.41152148

>>41147851
Because werewolf isn't the Greek name, jesus, are you trolling or something?

>> No.41152647

>>41147851
I came for pics of sexy werewolves. Kind of disappointed.

>> No.41152666

>>41148501
Terry Pratchett FTW

>> No.41152702

>>41147901
>Ducktales.wav

>> No.41153023

>>41148431
Isn't that He-Man?

>>41152647
Here you go.
http://wsache007.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Halloween-2014-Folks-w-489867525

>> No.41153122

>>41148431
i love this.

>> No.41153255

>>41147851
"Taur" means bull. "Minotaur" means "The bull of (king) Minos".

>> No.41155070

>>41151101
>What is this?

It's the new Google etymology quick-look thing.

Trying type etymology + word into the Google search bar.

I think it's new. I wouldn't be surprised if the results were flawed or misleading in some way.

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