Iron and Bronze.

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Sun Sep 1 11:21:53 EDT 2002

In a message dated 9/1/2002 11:10:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Peter_Kirk at writes:

> 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 specific.
> Peter Kirk
> ________________________
> 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 it
> be used in this passage as a geneic name for all metalworking? Which would
> 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 ---

I think you'll find that such is the exception rather than the rule.  Thus, 
while it may be possible, it is unlikely.

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