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by. Ander-Saxon and New Old English

From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2001, 6:57
Sally eskrë »

> This is a question I raise almost every time > I teach Old English. What words would you > bring back and what would they have evolved > into?
I also have pondered this. In my researches for Jameld, I sometimes came across OE words, now obsolete, which had Old Frisian/Old Saxon/Old High German cognates, but which had apparently died out in all the languages. Needless to say, I endeavoured to resurrect such gems within Jameld. But this reminds me of one of my favourite Norwegian words, «døgn», which means "a 24-hour day" or "day and night" (as contrasted with «dag», "day"). It's highly useful in such expressions as «hele døgn» (i.e. "all day and all night"). I used to wonder what it would have come out as in English if we'd borrowed it from Old Norse - "dyne", I reckoned would be cool. But someone said that we have the word as "dawn", which seems a shame. :) James ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design When I arrive in Memphis, I'll put a sign out on the door: "It's OK to disturb me, that's what I came here for." Chuck Cuminale (Colorblind James) 1952-2001 =========================================================================