Comedy and KWMH

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Wed Jan 26 2000 - 15:06:54 EST

<x-flowed>To: the participants of the B-Greek list,

"The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology" (edited by C. T. Onions),
under the entry "comedy," states the following:

<< Gr. komoidia, f. komoidos, comic actor, comic poet, f. komos [KWMOS]
revel, merrymaking, wrongly derived by Dorian writers from kome [KWMH]
village. >>

What is meant here by "wrongly derived"? Is "inappropriately derived"
meant? Or something else?

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
FWIW: I'm neither a clergy-person, nor an academic (and I have no post-grad

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