Husband-Husbandry. Is there a connection?
You may have seen these two words separately. One is a male spouse. The other involves the care and control of animals. Have you ever wondered if there might be an etymological connection, or is this just a very bazaar coincidence?
I think they probably are connected. In husbandry you are managing and taking care of animals and crops. Traditionally a husband has been head of the house and responsible for providing for and taking care of his wife and family.
They both are traced to the same root, through Middle English to Old English to Old Norse. The original Old Norse word translated to "master of the house". Once upon a time wives in a legal sense were property, like animals, and so were owned and 'managed' by the master of the house (the husband).
I think they are connected, partly from linguistics, partly from anthropology. After all, males had taken over animal industry since after matriarchal society.
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