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R: Re: A funny linguistic subway experience + some

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, December 3, 2000, 19:44
At 12:39 am +0100 2/12/00, Henrik Theiling wrote:
> >My `Kluge' etymological dictionary of German says `Samstag' is older >than 9th century in German and was `sambaztag' or `samiztag' in Old >High German. It further says it's origin is Latin `sabbatum' from >Hebrew `sabbat'. So German and French words have the same root, but >the German word was not taken from French.
Thanks - I stand corrected. I was passing on erroneous info I'd picked up somewhere. I guess one should always check out the sources. 'sambaz-' would suggest a borrowing from Vulgar Latin *sambato- Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================