Hi All Does anybody know the origin of the word "earth"? In Afrikaans it's called "aarde", in Arabic أرض (“land”, or “earth” with definite article) pronounced as "arD", in Hebrew “ertz” if I’m not mistaken. Now, it appears to me that there is a connection between these words, and that they must come from a common stem. Does anyone know what that stem might be, or is it just coincidence? I also think that in some of the European languages, "earth" is called "terra" or something like. I don't think this has a connection to "earth" except if we rearrange the letters. So what do you think?