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CHAT: ETYM-CHAT: fees and cattle (was: *oy vey*)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2002, 12:14

> > > That _vee_ is suspiciously similar to English > > > "fee", which's Swedish cognate _fä_ means > > > "livestock".
AFAIR its OHG cognate is _feoh_ 'cattle' and by extension the Old Germanic term was 'money'... It ended as 'fee' in the sense 'payment for fief' > 'payment' in English via French. Pavel