A Plowing Of Smartness Across The Cybalist’s Swimming Fields

This can well be argued. Slavic *plugU has a pretty good Slavic
etymology: <*plou-g- <*pleu- 'to swim', and seem (in contrast to
*soxa 'a primitive dragged plough with no blade made of a bough') to
express an impression a wheeled plough made on the Slavs (cf. also
<plaumorati> (< 'swimming wheels'), a Latinized rendering of a
Pannonian name of a plough).



This guys on Cyba-Cave-List are really amazing. The fact is that
Slavic etymology wrongly assumed that Slavic 'plug' (plough; Russ.
plug; Czech pluh) is a loanword from Germanic (OHG pfluog). Of course,
it is the truth that the etymology of the Slavic word plug is
completely transparent and understandable, but as far as semantic is
concerned, that word has nothing to do with the Slavic *pl'va- (swim).
Both words started from the Bel-Gon primeval basis and both are
indirectly connected to the Slavic word oblak (cloud; Czech oblak,
Russ. oblačnый cloudy; Serb. oblak; Ger. Wolke).

Slavic swim (Russ. plavatь, Czech plavat, Serb. plivati) is a daughter
word to the Serbo-Slavic noun 'obala' (coast; from oblo /round/; ),
via verb oblivati (effuse, douche; Russ. oblivatь; Czech výplach; from
reduplicated bel syllable, Bel-Bel-Gon basis); i.e from OBLO (round;
the round shape of the sun; Gon-Bel basis) OBLAK (cloud) => OBALA
(coast) => OBLIVATI (affuse, suffuse, splash, douche) => PLIVATI

The other word (plug plough) also started from the sun Bel and the
primal Bel-Gon basis: OBLAK (cloud) => OBLAČITI SE (getting cloduy; to
clothe oneself; OBLAK cloud => OBLEKA cloth) => VLAČITI (pull; Serb.
vući, vukao; Russ. vlečь; "b" to "v" sound change; BLAK => VLAK
(train); the same logic as in German: Zug, an-ziehen dress, angezogen
dressed; Anzug a piece of cloth, suit, garment; cf. English pluck) =>
PLUG (plow); VLAČENJE (pulling) => PLUŽENJE (plowing); of course,
there is no plowing without pulling…it should have been grasped
quickly even by a kindergarten child.

It seems that Simeon Potter's opinion that plough is not of Germanic
but of Celtic origin is widely accepted. Potter suggested that plough
was invented by Gauls, in accordance with the word "plaumorati"
mentioned by Pliny. Plaumorati is understood as compound word (plaum +
orati) and it could really be translated as "a plough with
wheels" (Lat. rota wheel). It is a big question how much this word was
corrupted by Pliny and how it really sounded in Raetia in that time.
Nevertheless, one thing is sure, Celtic "pluam" cannot be the source
of Germanic plog, ploh, pfluog because that word originated from the
Bel-Gon basis and the word "plaum" could only come later as a result
of an additional nasalisation… and it means that the above Potter's
idea was wrong.

The second part of plaum-orati sounds close as Latin aratio (plow) and
exactli the same as the Serbian verb orati (plow); i.e. plaum-orati
sounds similar to the modern Serbian syntagm "plugom orati" (to plow
with a plowshare). :knight:


For a complete Cyba-Cave-List prankishness, only Brainy is missing :p

I was reminded of *pl-wm- in the Greek for "lungs", supposedly
meaning "floaters", and I got an image of the wheels holding up the
plough from the wet, muddy field like two floats. I suppose, without
ever having tried it, that the problem of ploughing with a wheelless
plough is to keep it from digging itself down into the wet ground.



A slightly different interpretation is possible: a wheeled
plough 'swims' or 'floats' _smoothly_, like a boat in still waters,
in contrast to wheelless plough, which jumps and twitches.



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