Is it possible that Lat musca (fly; Serb. muha, mušica; Russ. muha, mšica/mshica, moška/moška; Cz. moucha) is somehow related to Lat. mas, maris (man; Serb. muž, muško, Russ. mužčina/muzhchina, Mac. maž; Cz. muž)? Maybe all this words including macheta (Serb. mač, Rus. meč; Cz. meč 'sword'; Gr. μάχαιρα 'a large knife') and muscle (Serb. mišić, miška, Pol. mięsień; Russ. mъšьca Gr. μυ̂ς) are related to thr potential power of movement?

It seems that we should start from the words like English make (OE macian; MHG machen 'to bring about'), Greek μηχανή (machine for lifting weights and the like; ie. to move something around) and Serbian maknuti (move, move away; Russ. pere-meщatь). For instance, Serbian word maknuti is appearing in a lot of different forms: micati (move), na-meštati (to place; hence mesto 'place'; Cz. místo; Russ. mesto; Pol. miejsce; OSl mѣsto), pre-meštati (move around; Russ. peremena mesta), mahati (wave; Russ. mahanie; Cz. mávat, mávnutí; Pol. machać). Also we should make clear if English motion is related to the word make and to Serbian maknuti, micati, motati (all with the meaning 'move around').

One thing is very interesting here: the Serbo-Slavic word muha (fly; OSl mouha) seems to be derived from the verb maknuti (move) or mahati (wave). In Serbian muha (fly) is also known as muva (fly), where the sound [h] is replaced with [v]. Similar situation can be seen in English words motion and move (both probably derived from Lat. moto – are 'move about'). In Serbian, the reflexive verbs "motati se" and "muvati se" also have the same meaning (to move about, move around aimlessly) and both could be compared to Latin moto -are and moveo – ere.

If someone is mighty (Serb. moćan; Russ. moщnый; Cz. mocný, mohutný) that one is able to 'move' the things around; ie. that one is able to "make" something what the majority of others cannot…

Did anyone understand anything of what I said above? :sherlock:
What machete and mač have to do with Greek μάχη (fight, combat)?

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