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Re: USAGE: would've verses would of

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, October 26, 2001, 2:48
Steg Belsky scripsit:

> Old English certainly had a lot of ways to say "man"... besides whatever > the old form of the word "man" itself was,
Already "man(n)" was the ordinary word.
> there's this "guma" and then > there's the "were" in "werewolf"... does anyone know if there were > semantic differences between these different words?
We know that "wer" meant "adult male", but lots of these words are preserved only in poetry, where they are used to make the alliteration go (for which a wealth of synonyms is a big advantage). For example "beorn" and "frec(a)", which are obviously connected to the bear and the wolf, but we don't know just what the original implications were. OE words are just used, not explained anywhere. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan