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Common root among の~ verbs?

This is probably a bit of a stretch but I've noticed that a lot of verbs starting with の have some sense of something going (or being) upward or outward. Between Jisho and Wiktionary I found the ...
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Portuguese origin of particle -ね

The particle -ね matches somehow the Portuguese 'né' in form and use (as a request for agreement). Since there is proven historical contact between Portugal and Japan and proven influx of Portuguese ...
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Is あらまあ linked to Malay "alamak", and which came first?

A popular theory claims that that the Japanese expression あらまあ is directly related to the Malay alamak (pronounced more or less identically, since the "k" is just a glottal stop), with speculation ...
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Does the on'yomi of 輪 (リン) have any relation to the English "ring", or is it a coincidence?

Is there an etymological connection between 輪{リン} as in 車輪{しゃりん} and "ring" in English? Or is this a false cognate?
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Does the Japanese expression ''peko peko'' come from the English word ''peckish''?

I just learned that ''I'm hungry'' is : Onaka suita but can also be : Onaka peko peko I noticed that the ''peko peko'' was written in katakana. Does it come from ''peckish'' ?
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