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Has anyone any knowledge of links between the words hearth and heart? They have similar connotations. Also I might point out that earth is also close to heart by one h. The heart of my discussion is that to warm the cockles of my hearth gives one the message that english has deeper meanings than the mere etymology of words seems to explain. Perhaps if onyone can find a good link to post here for etymology data related to this question we could discover some interesting connections indeed. 22:46, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Merge with Fireplace?[edit]

I see that the merge tags are in place but there's no discussion. I suggest the tags be removed - whoever added them couldn't be bothered to make a case. For my part, I see the words as entirely separate: the hearth is a much older concept with many meanings related to times long past and archaeology. The fireplace is a modern(ish) construction in mass-built houses. The word hearth may have been re-used to refer the the tiled area on the floor around a modern fireplace, where you keep your tongs and poker, but that adds more confusion than elucidation of the relationship between the concepts. You only have to scroll through the photos in the two articles to see how different the concepts are, let alone read them. Delete the tags. --Nigelj (talk) 15:16, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

I've gone and done it, since I agree that they are separate things and no-one has put a case for merging. Squiddy | (squirt ink?) 09:11, 22 October 2011 (UTC)


The last sentence in the Archaeological features section says "This was the most common way to heat interior spaces and for cooking in cool seasons." seems to imply that they didn't cook in hot seasons.

I think it should be changed to "This was the most common way for cooking and to heat interior spaces in cool seasons." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:58, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Done, thanks. You can always be bold and make changes yourself! Squiddy | (squirt ink?) 09:10, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

The Archaeological features section now ends with a sentence that reads like an advertisement, and its reference leads to an online store selling electric fireplaces. This strikes me as a out of place, and I believe that the article would be improved if it were deleted. (talk) 03:15, 1 November 2013 (UTC)