Is the "nos" in "nostalgia" of the same origin as the "nos" in "nosotros"?
February 16, 2011 12:08 PM Subscribe
Spanish etymology question: Is the "nos" in "nostalgia" of the same origin as the "nos" in "nosotros"?
posted by 6and12 to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I was curious about the origins of the word nostalgia, and while I'd guessed that the "algia" part had something to do with pain, I wasn't sure about the "nos" part. The OED says it comes from the ancient Greek "nostos":
"ancient Greek νόστος return home, in Hellenistic Greek as plural Νόστοι also the title of a lost poem of the Epic Cycle dealing with the return of the Greeks from the Trojan War < an ablaut variant of the base of νεῖσθαι to return home (cognate with Sanskrit nas- to consort together, astam home, Old English nesan to escape, be saved, survive, Gothic -nisan (in ganisan to be saved, healed), and perhaps Tocharian B nes- to be) + -τος, suffix forming nouns."
The Sanskrit "nas" ("to consort together") sounds like it could be related to "nosotros," but I'm not sure about the primary Greek origin they mention here.
Can anyone offer any insight or other sources for research?