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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. -- Robert