Posted by tianfeng
June 12, 2007 in the Group General Discussion
I am sure this is in here some where but I don't have the time or the patience to go looking for it. I have heard many different theories of where this comes from now Latin seems to be the leading candidate. Some of my Chinese friends, however, seem to think that the word was Chinese in origin, used in China, and came from the Qin dynasty. Other say that it along the silk road Chinese referred to themselves as being the people of "Qin" and there for this is just a variation on the pronunciation of China in different languages. I haven't found anything definite yet but I am going to keep looking.