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Writer Fuel: How Did Earth Get Its Name?

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Whether you call our planet the Earth, the world or a terrestrial body, all of these names have an origin story deep in history.

Like many names of solar system objects, Earth’s original namer is long lost to history. But linguistics provide a few clues. Ertha is an approximate spelling for “the ground” (meaning, the ground upon which we stand) in Anglo-Saxon, one of many ancestor languages to English.

“Anglo-Saxon” is a modern term to refer to a cultural group who lived within modern-day England and Wales shortly after the Roman Empire collapsed, between the fifth century and the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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