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You trace the etymology of English words, and the word has roots in like Latin, Proto-Germanic, Sanskrit, and Klingon and means something different every 100 years

But then you trace the etymology of a Finnish word, and its origin is in a word from 10 000 years ago that sounded the same and meant the same thing

@vurpo English "king" From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning (“king”), from Proto-West Germanic *kuning, from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz (“king”)

Finnish "kuningas": From Proto-Finnic *kuningas, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz.

Finnish is better at keeping Germanic words than any of the Germanic languages

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