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Duenos Inscription (wikipedia.org)
30 points by benbreen 3 months ago | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

The reason why the Latin prefix for "twice" is "bi-", while the Latin word for two is "duo", is exactly the same sound change (dw -> b) that turned archaic Latin "duenos" into "bonus" in Classical Latin.

Thanks, I wondered that--when I first read it ("read" in the sense of sounding it out and looking for words I might know), 'duenos' reminded me of the Spanish for "owner". I was puzzled to find it translated "the good (man)" instead, but this explains it. I guess dw --> b makes some sense, too. So why did 'duo' not become bo?

Good blog post about Old Latin inscriptions, though not so much this partiuclar one, but talks about related material: https://dannybate.com/2021/05/28/grave-language-the-epitaph-...

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