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
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. :)
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