"fly", Ger "Fliege" (the insect drosophila) could theoretically reflect an earlier *plag. It is linked with "to fly" though, to nobody's surprise.

Old English flȳġe, flēoge (“a fly”), from Proto-Germanic *fleugǭ (“a fly”), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (“to fly”)

But maybe there is more to it. How does it compare to flea and eitherway to plague?

plague is a biblical symbolism, isn't it?

  • I'm sorry this is such a low effort question. It was still autosaved in the text box and I wanted to get it out of there. I don't remember my reasoning anymore and don't have the search history backed up either. It was plagued by uncertainties in various etymologies.
    – vectory
    Nov 5 '19 at 13:20

"Plague" comes from Latin plāga "wound" from plangō "to strike", via French. Wiktionary claims it's cognate to Dutch vloeken "to clash with".

The only Latin cognate I can find for PIE *pl-w- "to fly, flow, move swiftly" is pluit, "to rain". The meaning "to fly" seems mostly restricted to Germanic and Balto-Slavic.

  • Cp: G Fluch "curse", same root, surely influenced by Lithurgy; Flucht "flight, a fleeing", long and short vowels respectively, similar to Suche "search" / Sucht "addiction" (in principle one of the temptations, or sins; punished with plagues; akin to E sick); also cp Ruch (???) verrucht "infamous"; syn. einschlägig <? schlagen "punch, beat"), Rache "revenge", Rache-Gelüste "rage? desire for revenge", for the ablaut, further eek, G igit, Ekel. Thus perhaps compare rat, and s- (I'm not gonna guess), Egel "eel" for vermin. Cp shoot for semantic development.
    – vectory
    Nov 5 '19 at 21:55
  • blood rain was one of the plagues (meteor strike? cp Ger Ader "blood vessel; pocket of ore", PIE *HesHr "blood" vs G Eisen, /z/, "iron", Eis "ice", voiceless /s/ in analogy to Wasser? blood vs Turk bulut "cloud"--vapour, essence? cp blow [wind] ~ blow [strike] ~ beat [of the heart]?). How many strikes does one have on SE, seven?
    – vectory
    Nov 5 '19 at 22:04
  • cp further bulge, G Beule, Buckel, Fr boule probably *bhew- (bow) or *bhl-w- but the velars are unexplained, see Beulenpest (that skin infection). Also cp G flachliegen "to be sick; lie flat"; rash (Ger Aus-Schlag); G Flechte (kind of rash, also moss etc.; cp flechten "to wicker[work?]", err, ap-pl-ique; plunge vs figuratively plummeting [health]; flight [of stairs], Ger *Flucht (slews in architecture? e.g. corners of a room, that extended lines run to) ...
    – vectory
    Nov 5 '19 at 22:42
  • cp: cough ~ G Husten vs a) clog, cf Ger 1. stopfen "jam, pack, stuff", verstopfen "to clog", also stopper ~ stöpsel, Stau "jam" vs 2. stopfen, flicken "to plug [clothes' holes]" (viz applique, flechten again), stricken "to weave, needle work", constrict, sticken "stitch", stecken "to stick", ersticken "suffocate"; cp suffer to sick above (cp laugh /f/), thus suck; cp G sickern "sink in", G Suff[kopf] "drunken idiot" but ~ Suff, saufen, Saft < *seH-p, cp. Saft "blood, humours, vigor, juice", saugen "suck", Blut-Sauger; b) onom. hiks
    – vectory
    Nov 5 '19 at 23:05
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    @vectory I have no idea what you're trying to say in those comments; they read like free association with no structure. What does the number of strike ones has on SE, or the Turkish word for "cloud", have to do with this question or answer?
    – Draconis
    Nov 5 '19 at 23:13

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