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12 comments on this post.
  1. Andrew:

    Nice article, but giving us the emaning of “Ur”, as in the one in Iraq, would have been nice.
    Hint, hint.

  2. Cal:

    I’m running about a year late here but it’s worth noting that in addition to pedants, science fiction fans would have run across ur- in the Thomas Covenant series (where I picked up the word as a child).

  3. Linda H.:

    And two years after you, I just looked up “the meaning of the prefix ‘ur’ ” in Google because I am reading Thomas Covenant and came across the prefix!

  4. Yael:

    Better late than never, I suppose.
    As far as I remember, ‘ur’ or ‘uru’ simply means ‘city’ – in Sumerian, I believe (yes, I’m on the internet and can easily check, but eh, it’s late). For example, the name of ‘Jerusalem’ is probably ultimately detived from Uru Shalem, ‘city of Shalem’ (said Shalem was one of the local gods).

  5. Barry Breen:

    I’m reading a book by Douglas R. Hofstadter, Le Ton Beau de Marot, about language, translation and anything else he could think of, in which he uses ur to denote the original – as in ur-dog and ur-joke. So there can be an ur-anything. You can use the little critter in front of just about anything if you are trying to impress people who will be impressed by such things.

  6. Lee:

    Spaten Oktoberfest, Ur-Marzen

  7. Ed:

    Silly! The word Ur declared were Abraham or Abram was from. The city of or Ur of Chalde.

  8. ruth housman:

    UR: on a whim I looked to see what is written about UR this ltr combination. In English we pronounce this YOU ARE and we have URLs on the internet as in YOU ARE EL & EL is GOD It seems these bits of letters combinations are not random as in UR of the Chaldees, Abraham and the ONE GOD it is like DNA

  9. Sam:

    Thanks for this. Was used in a Salon.com article and had no idea. Ridiculous! Just say “original.”

  10. katalin:

    Still looking for the proto-UR

  11. Ali:

    Worth pointing out that in Thomas Covenant the term isn’t used in the sense of original. Rather in the sense, as I read it anyway, of ‘similar but not the same’. For example Thomas as Ur-lord is not the original lord (nor is Berek) but rather an individual who is like a lord but not. Equally the ur-viles are not the original but the descendant species

  12. Lee Ann Throm:

    What does it indicate, if it is a prefix to a name, as Ur Rikki?

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