Milk – Rub juice

Of course, we’ve all wondered who the first human was, to look at an animal and think ‘I’m going to rub that and drink whatever comes out of it’, unfortunately, we just don’t have the historical records to find out. But we can find out the etymology of ‘milk’.

Milk reached English via the Saxons, who brought it over as the word ‘milc’, it came from the proto Germanic word ‘melk’ which meant ‘the action of milking’. The root of this word was in the Proto-Indo-European word ‘melg’, which meant ‘to rub’.

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