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Very interesting is that Old Armenian "muk" has "K" in the place where most of the words have "S". Even more interesting seems the fact that Old Portuguese changed "S" from Latin "mus" to "R" creating "mur". This is practical evidence for the theory that the Old Norse noun ending "-r" came from an earlier "-s". Ragnarr used to be "Ragnars" just like he is called in modern Latvian language.

As the Polish legend goes, pagan prince Popiel was a cruel and corrupt ruler who cared only for wine, women and singing. Because of Popiel's misrule and his failure to defend the land from marauding Vikings, his twelve uncles conspired to depose him. At his wife's instigation, he had them all poisoned during a feast. Instead of cremating their bodies as was the custom, he had the corpses cast into the lake Gopło.

When the commoners saw what Popiel and his wife had done, they rebelled. The couple took refuge in a tower near the lake. As the story goes, a throng of mice and rats (which had been feeding on the unburnt bodies of Popiel's uncles) rushed into the tower, chewed through the walls, and devoured Popiel and his wife alive.


Ancient Greek: μῦς (mûs)

Latin: mūs

Old English: mūs

Old Frisian: mūs

Old Saxon: mūs

Old High German: mūs

Old Norse: mús

Old Swedish: mūs

Old Danish: mūs

Middle Low German: mūs

Middle High German: mūs

Middle English: mus

North Frisian: müs

Saterland Frisian: Muus

West Frisian: mûs

Low German: Muus

Alemannic German: Muus

Central Franconian: Muus

Middle Dutch: mus, muus, muys

Dutch: muis

Afrikaans: muis

Icelandic: mús

Faroese: mús

Norn: mus

Norwegian: mus

Swedish: mus

Danish: mus

Sanskrit: मूष् (mūṣ), मूष (mūṣa)

Pali: mūsī

Hindi: मूस (mūs)

Avestan: mūš

Sogdian: mwš /mūš/

Yagnobi: муш (muš)

Baluchi: مشک‎ (mušk), موشک‎ (múšk)

Middle Persian: mwšk' /mušk/

Classical Persian: موش‎ (mūš)

Iranian Persian: موش‎ (muš), مشک‎ (mošk)

Tajik: муш (muš)

Nepali: मुसो (muso)

Oriya: ମୂଷା (mūṣa)

Galician: musgaño

Spanish: musgaño


Albanian: miu

Old Armenian: մուկն (mukn)

Armenian: մուկ (muk)

Pashto: مږک‎ (muģák, mëģák)


Old Church Slavonic: мꙑшь (myšĭ)

Old East Slavic: мꙑшь (myšĭ)

Belarusian: мыш (myš)

Russian: мышь (myšʹ)

Czech: myš

Slovak: myš

Upper Sorbian: myš

Lower Sorbian: myš

Polish: mysz

Ukrainian: миша (myša)

Ossetian Iron: мыст (myst)


Bulgarian: мишка (miška), миш (miš)

Macedonian: миш (miš)

Serbo-Croatian: ми̏ш, mȉš

Slovene: mȉš

Kurdish: mişk

Ossetian Digor: мистӕ (mistæ)


Old Portuguese: mur

Portuguese: muro, mure, murganho

Spanish: mur, murciélago

Romansch: mieur

Galician: morcego

Portuguese: morcego

Occitan: mirga


English: mouse

Middle English: mous

Central Franconian: Mous


German: Maus

Luxembourgish: Maus

Vilamovian: maojs

Elfdalian: maus

Gutnish: mäus


Polabian Drevani: meis

Article published on the 11th of July 2018.