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On Fir, 2009-11-13 at 12:24 -0800, Adam Walker wrote:

> What confuses me is how this word came to be a word for soup in all the Romance langs when it didn't mean that in Late Latin.  How did they ALL modify it the same way.  Surely one of them must have made the change in semantics and then everyone else borrowed it, but neither my Snaish nor my French etymological dictionaries mention an intermediate step between LL and their respective langs.  

It gets more mysterious. I've just checked the Modern Greek, and it
turns out to be "soupa"!

According to my dictionaries, the classical Latin "jus" and Greek
"zōmòs" can be broth and sauce. Could it be that the ancients didn't
have soup as we know it?