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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 47. The word origin today is barbarian.

  • Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. Today the word barbarian is mostly

  • used to mean somebody who is cruel or violent or or also uncivilized too. We call

  • we might call somebody a barbarian. Let's continue here. The origin of the

  • word barbarian goes all the way back to ancient Greece. I was used in reference

  • to describe all non-Greek speaking people which included Persians. And

  • remember Persians today they are Iranians. Egyptians

  • Medes and Phoenicians. Okay. The word derives directly from the Greek word

  • Barbaros. Okay. Which meant a Babbler or you know, people who just talk like a lot

  • of nonsense. Babble on (blah ,blah, blah ) babbling on. So a babbler, remember

  • Babble means to talk quickly in a way others cannot understand or to make

  • sounds like a baby, (ba, ba, ,ba ) kind of like that too. To the Greeks it was a foreign

  • language that sounded like bar, bar, bar, bar. So that's where they got the idea of

  • barbarian from or Barbaros. That's how it came about. Later during the Roman

  • Empire, now remember the Romans conquered the Greeks and after the Romans

  • conquered the Greeks, they actually adopted a lot from the Greeks. I think

  • they kind of respected the Greeks. They adopted a lot of their their gods, their

  • religions their temples, some of the technology and stuff like that. So they

  • kind of you know, they kind of went together pretty well. So during the Roman

  • Empire, it meant a foreigner who lacked Greek and

  • Roman traditions. All right. So it was kind of combined after that, especially

  • tribes who were a threat to Roman borders like later on. You know later

  • probably as the Roman Empire was getting weaker

  • you know, around the 500s. Around that time. Around 500 AD or so. They were thought to

  • be violent and non-educated. Okay. So and yeah. So we... I just give like one

  • sort of example. In his early days of acting , Arnold Schwarzenegger played the

  • character of " Conan the Barbarian" Yeah That's actually, it's actually from

  • Marvel. They haven't made a Marvel movie of him like in a long time. That was in

  • the eighties when most people didn't even ...weren't really aware of Marvel so

  • much in the movies. Because you know, you didn't need any special effects for that.

  • But you wonder if they... Marvel has an opportunity to bring this back as they

  • did have the character Conan the Barbarian that was very popular during

  • the time you know, that people were you know reading comics. That character and

  • they did make a movie of him. Obviously if they make it now, probably

  • Conan, I mean Arnold will probably not play it anymore. But he did actually make

  • two movies of it and the the first one was actually pretty good. The second one

  • was so-so. But anyway that's, that's what we say.

  • Anyway I hope you got it. I hope it was informative. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank

  • you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 47. The word origin today is barbarian.


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