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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>
Date:Thursday, May 8, 2003, 21:55
I've not access to the OED, but Random House and American Herirtage
dictionaries show:
_toad_ <- (ME) _tode_ <- (OE) _tade_/_taddig_
_toadstool_ <- (ME) _tode_ + _stool_

Perhaps this is a a case of lingustic convergance? A dark double entendre?

The ones which I grew up calling "toadstools" were fly agaric - Amanita
muscaria - hallucinogenically poisonous.
Some toads exude hallucinogenic poisons from latertal glands.

>Is that really so? Then the (isolated) word 'toad' (that kind of frog >to be imprecise) must be the same root, or at least is very likely to >be when you compare the Dutch word 'padde(n?)stoel', which is also a >word for 'mushroom', since 'pad' is a toad and 'stoel' is a chair (so >almost a 'stool'). *Very* strange. > >(My mother once said that she knew the German word 'Krötenstuhl' for >(some?) mushrooms, which is also a 'toad chair'. I did not know that >word, though.) > >Well, why should a 'toad' be connected to death? Is that really so? >Any sources for this? > >**Henrik > >PS: Another question: does Lojban have a word for 'mould'/'mildew' >(those two words seem to have other meanings each; I mean the thing >populating food when you look away for a long enough time)? That's >also fungus, isn't it...?
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