I was doing research into the use of axes in Japanese martial arts. I discovered that the common name for this tool os "ono." I then discovered that is has another name, "masa-kari."
If I were to mispronounce this word in English, it would be very close to sounding like massacre.
So I looked up the etymology for massacre. It seems to come from French, and they seem to have gotten it from Latin (around the 1500's).
1575-85; (noun) < Middle French massacre, noun derivative of massacrer, Old French maçacrer, macecler, probably < Vulgar Latin *matteūcculāre, verbal derivative of *matteūca mallet (see mashie, mace1); (v.) < Middle French massacrer
There appears to be no link between massacre and masa-kari. Though I would expect one. Why?
Because of the similarities between maces and axes.
I can accept they are not related etymologically. What I am curious about is, are there words that appear in multiple languages, that appear related, but have no connection to each other?
Is there a term for this phenomena? Yes, I get statistics, and random chance. I'm not asserting magic, or divine intervention. I'm trying to asses this using scientific method.
If anything I have stated is inaccurate, I apologize please correct me. I am no expert in this field, and I do not claim any expertise.