Connection or coindicende: 'çift' and 'çiftçi'?
Is there a connection between the words for pair and farmer?
"Çift" also means a pair of cattle according to TLS online dictionary, in the phrase "çift sürmek" which means to plow a field. (lit. driving a pair). That might be the connection.
According to the Turkish Language Society online dictionary "çift" also means tax, farmers had to pay once in a year during Ottoman and also means tractor but we are using "traktör" for it right now.
I just learned all of them thank you for asking :)
Neat, thanks! So perhaps tax links to farmer. I wonder if there is a link between tax and pair?