22 Apr '12, 5pm

How Planet Earth Got its Name

How Planet Earth Got its Name

There's something a bit ironic about the fact that the most fundamental common ground between every human being on the planet is, well, the planet we share --yet nearly every language has its own name for it and a reason why it's such. In English, of course, our planet is Earth--but it's terra in Portuguese, dünya in Turkish, aarde in Dutch. Just imagine the cosmic comedy that would ensue if some interstellar traveler ever stopped on our planet to get directions. But as diverse as these names are, they all reflect an older worldview--a time before anyone knew our planet was just a fertile sphere floating in the vast darkness of space .To better understand how our planet was regarded historically, it's important to remember that the world was generally regarded as merely the 'setting' of existence and not so much a specific place. In fact, the word 'world' itself didn't ori...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/how-planet-earth-got-it...

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