Etymology Of Skei

It is interesting to see where words came from. Most European languages derive from Proto-Indo European. Therefore we can find interesting similarities. Let’s have a look at one, the root word “skei”:

Here is a list of words derived from “skei”:

  • Greek
    • skhizein “to split, rend, cleave,”
  • Old English
    • sceadan “to divide, separate;
    • scēath, sheath (“split stick”)
  • Modern English
    • The prefix Schizo, as in Schizophrenia (splitting of the mind)
    • Tools that divide or separate:
      • scissors
      • scythe
      • shears
      • scrape
    • sheath (split stick)
    • sharp (can cut/divide)
    • Shard (a piece of something that was divided, usually cutting sharp)
    • shed (to leave something behind)
    • Shred (cut something into small pieces)
    • shit/scat (that which is separated from the body)
    • share (dividing ownership)
    • Shore (separating land and sea)
    • science (separating one thing from another)
    • skill (see science)
    • Saxon (a tribe associated with the sword style called sax)
    • schism (a division in a group)
    • section
    • sect (religious subgroup)
  • Old Norse
    • skīta (to defecate)
  • Swedish
    • Sax (scissors)
    • Skit (shit)
    • Skiva (to slice)
    • Skära/skar/skurit (to cut)
  • Czech
    • Sekat (mow grass)
  • Old Irish
    • scīan, knife.
  • Old High German
    • skīzzan, to defecate.
  • Modern German
    • Scheiße (shit)

It’s interesting to see that such respectable words as Science essentially mean the same thing as Shit.