I discovered a startling etymological fact the other day. Perhaps this is well-known but to me it came as rather a surprise. The words human and man have nothing to do with each other. The word human comes from the same root as the word humus and means ‘from the earth’. the word man comes from the proto-Germanic word *mannaz and ultimately, perhaps, from the same root as the Latin word mens meaning mind. Originally the word for woman in Anglo-Saxon was wifmann and the word for an adult male was wer from the same origin as the Latin vir. The use of the man for adult male as well as for homo has arisen from the loss of the word wer. I’d love to know when the word human started being used as a noun, does anyone know?