Saaropean wrote:Luxembourgish Saaft, Dutch zap and German Saft come from an old Germanic root related to Old Icelandic safi, meaning "tree sap".
The T in Saft was added in the 14th century or earlier.
According to this site, the word has its origin in the Indo-European stem *hab, meaning "water".
Varislintu wrote:I just have to add to the ethymology discussion a thing I have read.
Apparantly, a long time ago, people didn't know how to make hard cheese. Cheese was liquid. The word for liquid cheese began with jus (I can't rember the whole word, check the topic about cheese). This word in some languages came to mean soup, in some it came to mean hard cheese (like Finnish juusto and Swedish ost ), and in some languages, it came to mean juice.
But I don't know how reliable this information is, at least it didn't get added to the BB article on cheese, so maybe my source is not right .
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