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Why do you call God God?


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December 18, 2009 2:05AM


The word God comes from long before Middle English. The Online Oxford English Dictionary said that the ulterior etymology is disputed, but that it is likely rooted in an Old Teutonic word gudo, with pre-Teutonic roots ghudho-m or ghutó-m, which could mean "what is invoked" or "what is worshipped by sacrifice". Old Teutonic is also known as Proto-Germanic, and existed from roughly 2500-500 BC. We have no written texts in this language as it is so old.

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