Etymology of Black and Moor – Oguejiofo Annu

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Etymology of Black and Moor

The word ‘Black’ can be traced back to its proto Indo-European origins through the word ‘blac’ which meant pale, wan, colourless, or albino.

‘Blac’ was incorporated into Old French as Blanc, Italian and Spanish as Blanco, Bianca, Bianco, Bianchi.

In Old English “blac” person meant fair; someone devoid of colour, similar to the word “blanc” which still means white or fair person.

In Middle English the word was spelt as “blaec” same thing as the modern word “black”, only at that time, around 1051 AD, it still meant a fair skin, or so-called white person. The words “blacca” an Old/Middle English word still resonates with “blanke” the Dutch-Germanic term for white people of today.

Black in Old and Middle English

Thus, we can see that the Old English ‘blæc’ was relative to its ‘blac’ origin as it was predominantly used as an adjective to describe ‘colour pertaining to matter that was colourless’. Other cognates of ‘blac’ include examples like: Bleak, Blake, Bleach, Blanch.

Good examples of the use of “blac” as something that meant blond or fair can be seen in Old English literature such as K. Ælfred’s ‘Bæda’ from c.890 where the following phrase can be found: “hæfde blæc feax” meaning “have blond hair”.

Black’s Semantic Shifts

It was not till the sixteenth century that the semantic broadening of black occured- both figurative connotations as well as literal.

From ‘blac, blake, bleaken, blaccen’ and their literal meaning ‘to bleach out or make white, blond or pale’ came the figurative meaning ‘to stain someones reputation, or defame’ or darken. Literally “blac” by that time came to mean night-like colour, dark. One can say a very dramatic shift indeed. It was also the era, when the Vandals and the Goths were busy writing themselves into history and writing out the European Mauros (melan-chros or melanin people) out of history.

These additional meanings however was purely negative and as their influence broadened, the semantic shift of black began to mean having malignant or deadly purposes and even pertaining to or involving death- ‘black curse’(1583), and from previous centuries ‘The Black Death’.

Blac underwent a final shift as a K was added to the end of the word and it became a new insulting manner to address the Moors (today’s so-called Blacks) a people that had lived for thousands of years in Europe and around, but were now hated and hounded. They were called the Queen’s Black enemies, the blacca moors and finally just the adjective used as a noun, blacks.

It should be noted for the records that word used to describe the colour black in historical and classical Europe was the word Moor (also Melas). First used in Europe by the Greeks, as Mauros. Its cognates are found in every European language even if variant spellings are used. Thus you have Mohr (German), Maure, Mire, (French), Moor (English), Moros (Italian/Spanish), Mor (Old and Middle English). All those variants meant the same thing, the colour today known as black.

The Europeans took away our names, called us niggers, coloureds, blacks, negros, Africans, subsaharans, etc. All those are insulting names. We are none of those. Not Jamaicans, not Nigerians, nor Americans.

We are Moors, from the most ancient time. Umoros, Umorus, Muurs, Mawus, the children of light, the bearers of civilization and compassion, the golden ones, the first people, Ethiopians, Mauritanians and Mauritians.

Check ancient history, you will hear of the Moors, but you will not hear about negros. The pale ones (the blanks) stole our names, and pretended it referenced only some Arab Muslim conquest of Spain.

Nooooo! The Greeks knew the Muurs, the Romans knew the Muuros, the ancient Indians and the Chinese too. Because ancient Egyptians called their land Ta-Meri, or Ta-Muri, the land of the Muurs. They were the sea-men who navigated the globe and brought the light to all.

We are those Muurs. We are their descendants. We are not the blacks. The blancho people, the so-called white people of today, they are the blaccas.

Oguejiofo Annu


The Origin of the Word ‘Black’: How Black Entered the English Language |

Negro Law of South Carolina 1848: SECTION 4 The term Negro is confined to slave Africans (The ancient Berbers) and their descendants. It does not embrace the free inhabitants of Africa, such as the Egyptians, Moors, or the Negro Asiatics, such as Lascars. Negro law

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  1. Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures.
    Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes
    Tafari Makonnen

    “Bwoy shut your pink ass with those humility crap!

    We have decided to bring to an end the most unequal, most unjust, most barbarous war of our age, and have chosen the road to exile in order that our people will not be exterminated and in order to consecrate ourselves wholly and in peace to the preservation of our empire’s independence.

    Tafari Makonnen showing humility

    You cannot cite any authority, you cut and paste from Wikipedia,

    similar to how you cut and past from the article above,

    The Kingdom of Aksum was founded by Kushites, Arabian Sabaeans and other indigenous Africans, who did not refer to their kingdom as Ethiopia, THATS WHY WE CALL IT AKSUM from the ancient land of AKSUM, this region didn’t become known as Ethiopia until the portuguese and Spaniards began exploring and trading with the natives, who culturally and physically resembled the people of the Sudan (the Ethiopia of Antiquity) they just referred to it as the Ethiopian interior, before the Arabs simply referred to the mountainous region as Al Habash which became Anglicized into Abyssinia, your looking at modern maps, and you keep making reference about 3,000 year-old documents without citing your own sources. (The same thing you accuse me of doing)

    The word Muur has been explained to you many times and we have provided you with evidence that across Africa, it has many cognates among the many nations of Africa.

    Among the West Africans of Guinea Coast, Omor, means the Son. i.e. the Benins and the Warris.
    Among the West Africans of the forest region, Mmoor, means Angelic, divine. i.e the Igbos

    These explanations do not suffice since there are hundreds of languages in West Africa and all you have done is take and make up words with different meanings to postulate your theory (WORDS CAN ONLY BE COGNATES IF THEY STEM FROM ONE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE AND HAVE THE SAME ETYMOLOGICAL ORIGINS NOT IF THEY JUST SOUND SIMILAR THATS LIKE SAYING THE LIQUOR GIN IS DERIVED FROM THE CHINESE WORD JIN BECAUSE THEY SOUND SIMILAR

    Strabo already confessed that the Ancient Ethiopians called the people of Mauretania, Maures!

    please write where Stabo made this statement

    And because the Maures lived ubiquitously in ancient Greece, the name Maure was adopted by the Greeks as a synonym for Africans.

    WHATS YOUR SOURCE, now you finally admit the Greeks were the ones that applied the term mauros to the people of North Africa, if Mauros was synonymous with African Herodotus and other Classical Greek scholars would have referred to the Egyptians and Ethiopians as Maures instead of using alternative names

    Where then in your twisted mind did the word Muur rise from into ancient Greek?

    From Google language translater, Greek term for black: ??????- M A U R O S
    From online Etymological Dictionary: from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros “black”

    Why do you still insist that Greeks invented that word when you have been shown that it had an etymology longer than even the Greeks.


    Ta Muri means the land of the Muri, the ancient Muurs. That is Egypt.


    Respecting your whine against Ethiopia, I advise you again that Ethiopians had 3000 years legacy of writing. By Ethiopians I am talking of the Ethiopians of Axum, the Ethiopians of today. They were also known as Ethiopia even in the ancient times.


    A heathen like you should not pronounce the name of his Majesty in vain or else thunder, earthquake and lightening will do you in.


    Welcome again to Rasta Livewire, where ignorance is burn out!


    1. A pink primape quoting HIM. How ironic considering the quotation refers to the savagery of your own race. What barbarous war was HIM referring? Certainly no one of Africa ancestry has ever waged wars of that wiped out or near wipe out any segment of humanity. And before you start to claim that one tribe in Rhawanda (whites’ example of black on black genocide) dont forget the number.of native american tribes that were wiped out by barbaric savages, the crusade, french revelution, spanish american war, the civil war, vietnam war, opium war, wwi, wwii, and the many other wars and genocide barbarians had declared on their own people.

    2. You keep posting your white diatribe here as if you think anyone on this site will be swayed by your whites (major lies and distortions). After 500 years of eurocentrism, we want the truth to be told. 500 years we have living under ignorance and whites. We don’t need to distort the truth in order bring about a false sense of supremacy. Methinks whites really do feel inferior hence the need to heighten their ego. I am not even sure come to this site because as we know whites cannot tolerate the light (truth or sunlight). Here is another of white lie… African would no winter (periods of darkness) is considered to be the dark continent when it is europe that is the dark continent. Oh and acts of aggression that is occurring in Africa has europeans behind it thats a fact. See WHO murdered Africa. Thus, i find it that whites with their history of aggression will claim that anything from africa (i.e. african bees) and anything that is dark is naturally more aggressive than their darker counterpart i.e. black rhinos vs. white rhinos. Why do whites so much of their energy discreditting black people? Why do racists whites claim to be either mixed or another race ( usually online) to drive home their racist.points. for example, “im mixed but i believe all niggers are monkeys). Why are whites such violent racists?

      1. What make you think that languages in west africa do not have the same origin. Please provide proof. This is coming from a pink snake who believes he and east indians speak the same language because of the w sounding like v in eastern european and hindi. The japanese and yoruba has more similarity than do called indo european language groups but dont expect a white to make that dustinction because its not their benefit. Especially, when whites are working hard to deny african contribution to the
        world. They more notably focused on denying so called sub saharan (new deragotory
        term) africa’s ability to maake contributions (more white semantics and psychological abuse or like someone else pointed white witchcraft), and even humanity. What other race is conducting scientic studies as a means of psychologically damaging a race but whites? Name one group who gets billions in sponorship and support from their to prove that black people are not human or is less human. Thats more example of white irony. Behaving like aggressive animals yet have the gaul to deny another race’s humanity. Why are whites obsessess with all things black? I had a teacher who once told our class its normal to hate. I thought maybe for her because she’s white.

        1. Actually West African languages do have a common root.

          That Temo pink ass boy is welcome to check Theophile Obenga’s work on African language groups, then he will begin to learn.

  2. SailorMoon and Jahdey, your insolent attitudes and prejudice remarks remind me of white supremicist propaganda, you use the same diction a Nazi would use to try and fabricate a supremecy that does not exist, like a Eurocentrist you use the actions of a few unjust to characterize an entire people, you have the same state of mind as those tyrants that terrorized Africa because they thought the people were less than humans.

    I started this post trying to explain the Etymology of a single word, I pointed out to the Author that his connection with other words are merely HOMONYMS, and the feedback I have gotten are nothing but insults, from people who cannot eloquenty argue their case, You go off on a tangent about languages because of the difficulty of sticking to the subject matter


    1. Heathen, don’t use the name of InI Lord in vain! You don’t know his majesty else you woulda known he was no lamb for slaughter. His majesty is the conquering Lion! Seen? The Conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah!

      So tek wey your durty pink ass, and gi’wey!

    2. Im not a rastafarian. And white religions like christianity, islam and judaism is offensive because they do nothing but encourage darkness, ignorance and white if you think you can subjugate me using religion think again. Im from a new breed who doesn’t turn the other cheek, if you kick us, we will kick back. We believe in an eye for an eye – the code of Hammurabi. Now, black people canno be racist. Lying cave apes like you spread lies that white savagery has ended and the new racists are black people because black people are lashing out against pink ape terrorism. The fact that you called me a racist for exposing you for the lying swine you are does not bother me. I have never physically harmed anyone, i have never called for the death.of anyone of a different race and no one of my si called race has terrorised any living ir none living thing on a macro level. Please do not bring up rhawanda you know that whites have caused more wars on a macro level than any tribe in africa fighting each other for europe. Every war in Africa and the world has whites behind it. Do what most whites do, defend massmurder and claim it was necessary for the advancement of the white race. Anyone who agree with such a statement is pure evil. Whites have caused more bloodshed and suffering than any other race. Now, whites want to expand their numbers to include the very people they have damaged. Im sure you are aware of the miilions of websites hosted by degenerates like you who live and breath hate. White racism is a mental disorder and it should be classified in the DSMV.

      You act as those whitw terrrorism and classification of black people as subhuman are a thing of the past. Go and check in with your white brethrens at chimpout, niggermania, stormfront or just niggers aids or niggers apes and you will have millions of white brethrens who are expousing venomus hatred toward black people. And two wrongs do make a right. Yoy cannot possibly expect to wave a campaign of murder, genocid and degredation against a people and not have them retaliate. Black people do not have the power to be racism. Name calling is not racism. Whites make laws, conduct pseudo science studies, use statistics, have campaigns of psychological and physical terrorism ti destroy black people and you are worried about a little name calling. Do black people have the power to cripple whites? Black people say white people do.

  3. The subject goes far deeper than you might think. There are so many different Moors and ways to spell the word but the one that sticks out the most is God/Lord. This was your Crimean Mur/Muur also known as Mauren.
    These Black guys were collecting White slaves (sklaven) all day long and making them call their master God sometimes Lord. Later they put their money together and started Christianity and Monasteries ran by Ethiopian Monks.
    Virgin Mary was a 11 year old Maurin who got pregnant by God (Maur).
    Maur means Black, Mauren is plural for black men and Maurin is plural for black women. God is a Black man. Wow!!!
    These same Negrus started freeing their white sklaven in exchange for west African prisoners of war and shipped them to the caribbean. They forced the slaves to build Plantations and then they would flip them fully stocked with slaves.
    Then purchased criminals as slaves from West Africa, Scotland & Ireland, shipped them to the negro south and did the same exact thing.
    Some stayed in the US as owners of slave shipping Briggs and the wealthy ones lived in Denmark running a shipping company called British West Indies Shipping. They are also known in America as African Americans / Afro-West Central Europeans or you can call them Afro-Russo-Germans (Negrus) Black Sea slave trader. They are multiracials that are part Ethiopean-Yemen, Nigerian, Russian, German, Papuan (Scythians)…

  4. I really dont even remember what word I was looking up to arrive here all I know is that I went to university, thank you all, ???
    oh I was looking up the word black
    I don’t wanna loose you historians , I love you all, love with a?

    I am carbohole from whence it all begun
    If I do not accept carbon I would be a hypocrite a lie a theif an illusion lots of fraud why because the carbon is not a mistake Truth is Carbon no matter whatever entities you derive, trace and you will see carbon created everything at this point all I am saying is carbon is light please dont ask I to explain anything cause I can’t
    Geographically eye see the Moor Lands. The Kushlandz that would be all of it what you call ?

    The wake up might bring ? war 3ree
    No worries tho nothing has never changed it remains solid carbon for those who wants to take accept of it rightfully equally justly
    Oh the time has come, for for bubble took yet a while to pop
    No one can finish carbon
    Moor Light
    Isheba Kushlandz Bey

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