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Humans really are bad at naming references to themselves, aren't they?

Many countries' names translate to "home" or "the center" or the like. Earth is named after what it's made of. "Homo sapiens" means "thinking thing the same as me." And even "human" just means "person from Earth," if you dig down far enough.

Science fiction that calls us "Terran" instead is literally 0% better.

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Also we call our sun "the sun." Or "sol," which means "the sun" in a different language.

I am informed that the “homo” in “homo sapiens” is a false cognate to “homo” in “homogeneous”

@fluffy yeah Ancient Greek 'hómos' is related to English 'same', while Latin 'homō' and 'humanus' are related to each other and to 'humus', meaning "earth".

@fluffy@queer.party I poked fun at that in a bit of flashfic with an alien asking if the character was,"Name from planet Topsoil." "Uh, no, Other Name from planet Earth." With the alien shrugging because Earth, Topsoil, same thing, 'all homeworld names were essentially dirt'.

@LilFluff Yeah there's been a few things like that. Star Control II had a joke about how a plant-based alien comes from earth.

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