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UK: dieu(the motto on passport - French)/deity(English word)
China: tien(Chinese Wade-Giles... t->d)
South Africa: modimo(o->əʊ)
New Zealand: atua(Maori... t->d)
North America: tirawa(Pawnee... w->u t->d)
South America: tatitu(Aymara... t->d)
etc

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  • How do those words similar? Esp. with modimo I don't find any thing in common with the others – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Mar 21 '15 at 4:30
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    No apparent scientific question – user6726 Mar 21 '15 at 5:17
  • @LưuVĩnhPhúc "with modimo I don't find any thing in common"... modimo=məʊdiməʊ and dieu - you see, it's almost the same! – David Leo Mar 21 '15 at 6:19
  • I don't see how they are same – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Mar 21 '15 at 6:21
  • @user6726 "No apparent scientific question"... of course, science says it's impossible(separate language families). The only problem: they are indeed very similar. – David Leo Mar 21 '15 at 6:30
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Basically, given that there are 7,000 or so known languages, then it is always possible to select some approximate meaning like "god; cow; eat; big" and pick words from those 7,000 languages that are sufficiently similar in meaning and form that you could assume some deeper significance to that coincidence. As a starter, to establish significance, you would need to show that these forms that you offer are actually the words for "god" in those languages. As a case in point, there is no language "South African". That word (Setswana) means "Man-eater", which is an expression used to refer to "God", and derives from the verb 'eat' which is /li/. If your criteria for "similarity" are loose enough, you can always find a "similarity" in a half-dozen languages. I would not be surprised if readers here could identify a half-dozen tangential similarities in the form of the word for "cow" across human languages.

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  • "there are 7,000 or so known languages, then it is always possible to select"... Major examples: dieu(motto of British Monarch), tien(Imperial Seal of China), Elohim(Israel's Genesis 1:1 - o=əʊ, Spanish "Dios" = Yaqui "Lios") - these are major examples, and these are still similar. "need to show that these forms that you offer are actually the words for god"... dieu is in motto of British Monarch, tien is in Imperial Seal of China, modimo is in "Modimo Re Boka Wena"(Mighty God we thank you), tirawa is the creator god of the Pawnee people, etc. – David Leo Mar 21 '15 at 7:20

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