On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM, MorphemeAddict <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 12:36 AM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> The question is, how do I decide which age a word belongs to? Clearly >> "water" is earlier than "Internet", but does "wagon/cart" come before or >> after "king/emperor"? >> > > Just decide which causes the other, and you're set, at least on that > particular question. > Carts/wagons doesn't necessarily imply either wheels (in a broad sense) or > draft animals. > Kings/emperors do imply a fairly high degree of culture and stationary > population size. However, it could also simply be a repurposing of a word originally meaning "tribal chief/elder", which retained its meaning of "the guy in charge of the whole shebang" as the shebang grew from tribe to city-state.