Where Did the Word “Barbarian” Come From and What Does the Term For an Uncivilized Person Mean?

The early Greek and Roman term for foreigner was “barbaroi”, meaning that they babbled in a strange language.

And it is from the root word “barbaroi” that the word “babble” come from.

Another possible contributory origin is the Latin word as barba meaning beard.

A Roman would visit the tonsor to have his beard shaved, and the non-Romans, who frequently wore beards, or barbas, were thereby labeled barbarians.

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