The Blue Marble, Apollo 17’s an image of Earth taken by the crew of Nasa’s Apollo 17 spacecraft, in 1972. Photo: AFP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How on Earth did our planet get its name? Not from a Greek or Roman deity, that’s for sure

Earth is an anomaly in our solar system in that it is not named after a Greco-Roman god or goddess

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The Blue Marble, Apollo 17’s an image of Earth taken by the crew of Nasa’s Apollo 17 spacecraft, in 1972. Photo: AFP
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).