“Aid me, O Quirites!”

Apparently, the verb cry originated in the Latin cry (aid me), Quirites!, calling on help from the Roman citizenry. I would have had this pegged as a dodgy folk etymology, but the OED agrees.

Even stranger, the comments on the post linked above reveal that the term quiris (pl. quirites) itself comes from the inhabitants of the Sabine town of Cures, who joined with the Romans and decamped to the Quirinal hill, giving the name of their god Quirinus to the hill and, later, the whole Roman populace.

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