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Re: alas, those monkeys are not blue

From:Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Monday, November 26, 2001, 20:38
Alas - could possibly be Germanic, with the -las cognate with German los?
The a- is possibly a prefix common in such terms as "away" "about" "aloft"
and maybe related to AS ge (/je, j@/). Lots of maybes in there I know, but
that's historical linguistics for you!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew Kehrt" <matrix14@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: alas, those monkeys are not blue

> Hmmm... > I know french has hélas, pronounced either /@las/ or /elas/(I > thinkthat's the right 'l'). I assume that's where alas comes from, but > I don't know its origin. > -M > > nicole dobrowolski wrote: > > > > i've always been a big fan of the word "alas" and i was wondering > > what its origins were... does anyone know where it comes from..? > > pesiku (thanks)... > [snip insane .sigand other stuff]