Denise, it’s unclear why, in an article about etymology, you commence with an intemperate ad hominem against 800 years of civilization that among many other things provided a fixed rule of law, universal citizenship, the right of free women to own (and control) their own property, running water, urban sanitation, and an extremely high rate of literacy compared to other Axial age civilizations. Furthermore, Roman society was highly tolerant of other mythologies, which is a quality notably absent in the neurotic monotheism of the Judaic, Christian, and Moslem mythologies that have between them caused infinitely more death and suffering than all the Roman conquests combined.

No society is perfect, but choosing to select a few of the least admirable aspects of a culture that lasted nearly a millennia is misleading, and more importantly is irrelevant to the central theme of your article. It could perhaps have been more interesting for you to have used the space to point out that Latin vomere came from the proto-Indo European weme (meaning to eject or spit); the same root transmuted into Sanskrit as vamati and into Greek as ἐμἐἶν. It is thus one of the fundamental root words in most modern European languages, having been absorbed not only into Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon but also into Lithuanian, Old High Germanic, and even Russian (as рвотное).

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