Iron and Bronze.

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sun Sep 1 11:09:14 EDT 2002

Not necessarily. Consider English "corn", originally and still in
Britain a generic, which became associated with a newly discovered
specific type (also known as maize) in America. Similarly BARZEL could
have been an original generic which became attached to a newly invented


Peter Kirk


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Sent: 31 August 2002 04:35
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Subject: Re: Iron and Bronze.


In a message dated 8/30/2002 9:14:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Yigal-Levin at writes:

Another thought: while I don't doubt that "barzel" means "iron", could
be used in this passage as a geneic name for all metalworking? Which
solve your question.

If, however, BRZL is used as a generic term for metalworking, would that
not assume that ironmongery was sufficiently established for the term to
be used as a generic term for metalworking?

gfsomsel ---

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