why our planet name is earth?

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  • Devil
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    1 decade ago
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    All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and godesses. The name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground. It comes from the Old English words 'eor(th)e' and 'ertha'. In German it is 'erde'. The name Earth is at least 1000 years old.

  • Kevin
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Maybe we'd all have a little more respect for our planet if it had a nobler name. Something other than Earth anyway. The word comes from roots that mean base. Even today, earthy implies low or common. And why not? What's more common than earth?

    The idea of ennobling something by giving it a more dignified name is nothing new. There's empowerment, significant other, colorization, collateral damage, physically challenged, and friendly fire. So why not a prettier name for our planet? After all, earth is just another name for dirt. How would you feel if you were named dirt? I wouldn't name a dog, dirt. Do you know anyone or anything named after the Earth? The earthworm.

    All the other planets have beautifully exotic names: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn, Neptune... even Pluto sounds better than Earth. Why we've given better names to the moons of other planets--Ariel, Miranda, Triton. Where would you rather call home, Earth or Ganymede?

    Why not name our plant after our greatest minds--Hypatia, Shakespeare, Confucius, Mozart, or Einstein? How about our great matriarchal gods? Thea, Selene, Diana, or Athena. Or Ella--for the most beautiful voice our planet has ever produced.

    No wonder we treat the environment so bad. We put more thought into naming personal hygiene products. Let's face it, we call this world Earth because we've always called it Earth. And as long as we do, we'll most likely continue to treat it like dirt.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and godesses. The name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground. It comes from the Old English words 'eor(th)e' and 'ertha'. In German it is 'erde'. The name Earth is at least 1000 years old.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and godesses. The name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground. It comes from the Old English words 'eor(th)e' and 'ertha'. In German it is 'erde'. The name Earth is at least 1000 years old.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably because of the book of Genesis. The authors of that bit of fiction knew nothing about planets, earth was what they called dry land.

  • iba
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Josephus Adrianno named this rock we live to tell the tale as "Earth" an prolonged, long term in the past. it incredibly is seldom suggested in books via fact it occurred so some time past that they did no longer have books back then. you will no longer discover it suggested in any documentary movies or movies the two via fact they did no longer have action picture cameras and tv back then. all the information approximately Josephus includes us with the help of ability of comprehend mouth, handed down from relative to relative, and so on. yet, it incredibly is the way it occurred and now you comprehend the tale.

  • 1 decade ago

    i guess the name developed over a period of time and nobody as such named it.this name is not from greek origin. Earth is Old English and German in origin, related to the Old Saxon 'ertha', the Dutch 'aerde', and the German 'erda' meaning land or ground. ( as I read somewhere)

  • 1 decade ago

    Because Saturn was already taken.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because it's "ground".

    But it's okay with me if you want to go around calling it "Fred".

  • 1 decade ago

    why do indians think about useless things.

    Even our textbooks are filled with history of words, definitions and full of crap/

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