How did Things became what we know of them now. It might be somewhat silly to ask a Question as that, but it is an important one notwithstanding.
For example, in the case of the Sand, which is a modern English word; we might decide to come to the conclusion that it is a result of the combination of Sea and Land, because it is in reality what exists between the sea and the land.
However, this might not be the reason, in which case it becomes a mere coincidence.
Consider the Earth. How did it came to be called that. My Researches in dictionaries and in historical works all claim that the name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground. Having came from the Old English words ‘eor(th)e’ and ‘ertha’; it’s German source being ‘erde’.
An investigation into this?
Obviously since the time of the Hunter-Gatherers; the old ancestors of the Modern Man, People have been aware of their Environment; consisting of the Land and Air and Water.
It is thus possible, that many millenia ago, when Philosophers and Travellers were very much the Scientists of their era, our ancestors named the planet, Earth, after all they could find in it were rocks and soil. Now we know better, because Water is much more larger than Land; taking up some 70.8% of the planet surface for itself.
Or maybe we should blame the English for adding a second meaning of Earth to be the same as Soil; thus constituting confusion to those who knew to unknowingly seek to find it. Another investigation into the history of the Planet’s name went far into different languages and races and tribes of the world. The south-eastern parts of Nigeria call it Úwà Which means the world as a place holding the land and the sea. This and many other instances contribute to the fact that different civilizations of old must’ve really understood the composition of the Planet.
Even if you didn’t understand the argument here, at least get a hold of this:
Many other Scientists and I think that our Planet has the wrong name. For all we care, it should have been named Ocean.
And then we’d have been saying things like
“The planets of the Solar system are: Mercury, Venus, Ocean, Mars… “.