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Thread #63880   Message #1041662
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-Oct-03 - 01:24 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: How Barbary Pirates Learned Their Trade
Subject: RE: Folklore: How Barbary Pirates Learned Their Trade
Noted that the word barbarous started to appear in English print in the 1500s. The word, from the Greek and also used by the Romans, in a broad sense meant a foreigner. In English, it took on added meanings.

Idle speculation- Did its appearance in English had anything to do with the feats of Barbarossa in the Mediterranean?