I just want to say this: juggling words and adding and deleting letters from a word to prove a point is kid's play.
It has nothing to do with real linguistics and etymology.
It is obvious that Zionists will not like the idea that their name has its origin in (or is linked to) Sidon in Lebanon.
Here are some arguments why Sidon and Sion/Zion may be related:
1. The etymology of the word Zion is uncertain. wiki/Zion
2. Sidon has been inhabited since very early in prehistory. [...] It was one of the most important Phoenician cities, and may have been the oldest. From here, and other ports, a great Mediterranean commercial empire was founded. wiki/Sidon
3. There are many examples of toponyms having the same origin or being named after older ones.
4. The 'd' between vowels can easily disappear.
pion zn. ‘schaakstuk’ [...] oorspr. ‘infanterist, voetknecht’ [ca. 1180; TLF], ontwikkeld uit middeleeuws Latijn pedo (genitief pedonis) ‘infanterist, voetknecht’, een afleiding van klassiek Latijn pēs (genitief pedis) ‘voet’ [...] etymologiebank/pion
(chess piece pawn - dutch: pion - is derived from Latin pedon)
Edited by Otharus, 12 November 2012 - 07:44 AM.