Scorpio 1: A sight -seeing bus

T h e w o r d s s i ght a n d s e e i n g b o t h d e s c e n d f r o m t h e sa m e I n d o E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t , s ekw- 2 , w h i c h m e a n s “ t o p e r ce i v e , s e e . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e s e e r, s o u gh t ,

s e e n, a n d s i gh ti n g .
T h e w o r d b us re f e rs h e r e t o “ a l o n g m o t o r v e h i c le f o r c a r r y i n g p a s se n g e r s, u s u a l ly a l o n g a f i xe d r o u t e . ” 2 T h e w o r d i t s e lf i s s h o r t f o r

o m n i b u s , a w o r d w h i c h d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot op -1 , “ t o w o r k ,
p r o d u c e i n a b un d a n c e . ” 3 I t s p a r on y m s i n c l u d e op e ra, op era t e, o p u s,

c o o p e rat e, in u re , m a n e u ve r, s t o ve r, o p u l e nt , o m n i -, c op i o u s, c op y, a n d c o rn u c o p ia .
TH EMES : A s s h o w n a b o v e , t he p re f i x omni - me a n s “ a l l . ” Al s o , i t w a s s h o w n t h a t t h e b o t h h a l v e s o f t he c om p o u n d w o r d s i gh t - s e e in g d e s c e n d f r o m a r o o t m e a n i n g “ t o p e r c e i v e , s e e . ” T h u s w e h a ve t h e i d e a o f a l l a n d d o u b l e s i g h t o r s e e i n g . M o r e si m p l y, t h a t ’ s a l l -s e e i n g a n d p o s s i b l y t h e AL L- SE EI NG e y e , a t i m e l e s s s y m b o l.

1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 74 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/bus 3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 60 Starling Hunter © 2011 1

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