A funny linguistic subway experience + some questions aboutnouns of days and months
|From:||Robert Hailman <robert@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 27, 2000, 21:01|
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> En réponse à John Cowan <cowan@...>:
> > On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > > Then comes the French form samedi /sam'di/. It seems
> > > completely off this system. Does it derive from, say, sábbata dies, or
> > does it
> > > have another origin?
> > I have no clue, but I'm reminded of German "Samstag".
> Yeah! Compared to Saturday or Zaterdag, it's really a strange form. Does it
> derive also from "Sabbath day" or whatever it was in Old Germanic?
Semi-related anectote: One of my friends' German mother insists on
saying "Sonnabend", a word I've never heard except from her. She claims
it's northern German.
Perhapts Samstag comes from French samedi, just Germanicised.