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The Name of the “Game”
It’s a question at the beating heart of linguistic debate – just where does the word “game” come from? Even the experts can’t agree (though all accept that it’s a Germanic/Slavic word), and offer two theories:
– The word “game” comes from the words GE + MAN (husband/man).
– The word “game” comes from the words GE + MEN (mind).
In both cases, “GE” is Germanic, and it carries the meaning of doing something together. With this in mind, the second theory seems to edge the debate. But whatever the true etymology, we do know that it has mutated over time until it arrived in its present-day form of “game”.