A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Alexandre Eremenko
Date: 2017 Feb 26, 11:36 -0800
Sorry for addressing a subject not related to navigation, but the Slavic word for bear ("medved" in Russian, "vedmid" in Ukrainian) really comes from two ancient roots "med" (honey) and "ed" or "et" which means to eat.
In the modern spelling "ved" sounds like a word for "know" but this is an accidental coincidence.
Source: Russian Wikidictionary in Russian, of course.
You also wrote:
"They said the "honey-knower" to avoid using the bear's "real" name - to prevent him coming. This name substitution was made so long ago that now we use the second order "line of defence" - >instead of the "honey-knower" we name them the "crook-legged". Hoping they will not guess. :)"