Γυμνός


Greek γυμνός (naked) is probably related to Serbian gumno (treshing floor; Eng. trashing = Serb. trešenje; OE þrescan = Serb. treskanje). Although it is supposed that Greek γυμνός is akin to Skt. nagnás and Serb. nag (naked), nagota (nakedness) there is a litlle chance that it could be the truth. Simply, the sound "m" in gyMnos must be explained sufficiently, clearly and precisely to enable people to understand what kind of phonetic mutations took place here. Above mentioned Serbian gumno (threshing floor) is often pronounced as "guvno"; it means that this Serbian word started from the ancient Gon-Bel-Gon basis, where the labial "b" is changed to nasal "m" (gumno <= gubno => guvno threshing-floor).

Serbian "gumno" (threshing-floor) is akin to the Serbian verbs "komljenje" (husking) and komina (husk). Obviously, in this case the proces of heaping up (Serb. gomilanje) is used in Serbian in both (logical) meanings: gomilanje (heaping up) => komljenje (husking). In addition, there is another Serbian word for husking (guljenje; peeling off; desquamating), which explains the Serbian word golo (naked; ogoliti "to strip"). At this moment we can see that it is nevertheless possible that Serbian word nagota (nakedness) firstly sounded as nago(l)ta, the form that could now be equated to the Serb. verb ogoliti (to strip).

Finally, it becames clear how the Serbian word gumno (threshing-floor) is related to other two words: gomilanje (heaping up) and komljenje (husking). Furthermore, komljenje (husking) is logically connected to Serb. guljenje (peeling off) and ogoljenje (stripping); hence also the Serbian word gubljenje (losing). All the above words are clearly derived from the primordial Gon-Bel-Gon basis, and now we can understood why and how is the Greek γυμνός (gymnos naked) related to Serbian gumno (guvno threshing-floor).

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