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Bière, Birra, Beer, Bier … so where does the word “beer” come from?

25 mayo, 2021

“Other beer! “How many times have we used or heard this expression. Surely many. Birra is the Italian word for beer. O” one Beer please! “in its Anglo-Saxon version. Or” Ein Bier bitte! “in German. Most of Europe uses words derived from” Bi-something “. Even in the universal language, Esperanto, the word is”Biero“. Have you ever wondered why the word” is used in the Iberian Peninsula?Beer“? Where does this word come from then? And Birra, Bier, Beer …? Let’s see what we find out.

The goddess of agriculture, Ceres

Beer, where can this noun come from? Well, most likely from the name of the Roman Goddess of agriculture, Ceres. That’s where the name cereals also comes from, and beer is nothing more than a “barley juice”;) There are also those who maintain, it seems that wrongly, that the etymology of beer could be Celtic, derived from the term “coirm” (cereals) . By the way, in Gaelic, beer is said (if it can be said) “cwrw”. No, it is not a password. In any case, it seems clear that the etymology is directly related to cereals, which is quite logical. Now, where does Birra, Beer, etc … come from?

Bibere sanum est

I am sorry for the Latin word, which is surely wrong;) But it has to do with the etymology of Birra, Beer, etc … It seems that, in part of northern Europe, the word for beer that ended up triumphing was not the Latin “cerevisia”, but several variants of the verb “bibere” (to drink), and hence all the variants in the different languages, including some of Latin origin such as French, Romanian or Italian. The question is, why in the Iberian Peninsula we are left with “beer”?

Difficult to know for sure, there are those who point out that around 1500 in France they stopped using “cervoise” for “biere”, but that fashion did not go beyond the Pyrenees. The reasons are not clear, simple isolation, fashion, it is not known for sure. Another curiosity is that in many Eastern European countries, the term is used Pivo or derivatives that, apparently, do not have much relation with the previous ones. But, not so fast! It turns out that Bibere’s present is “bibo” and it would not be very unreasonable to think that bibo was derived to “pivo” and in fact both terms are also related. It’s my hypothesis …

I said at the beginning that beer is used throughout the Iberian Peninsula, I lied. Where else on the peninsula do they use another word for beer and what is it? Bonus, What is its etymology? Double Bonus, in what other language in the world, outside of the Iberian Peninsula, does the name of beer have the same etymology?

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