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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.