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Re: th

From:Don Blaheta <dpb@...>
Date:Monday, November 1, 1999, 1:31
Quoth Tom Wier:
> Don Blaheta wrote: >=20 > > Quoth Ed Heil: > > > You're very right -- my bad. I think I may have meant that it only > > > appears *word-initially* in that class of words (the, there, then, > > > this... I can't think of anything that isn't demosntrative-like with > > > a word-initial [D], can you?) Silly me. > > > > Aside from "thus", there are the obscure and archaic: theve (=3D smell) > > and theine (=3D wait upon) (courtesy Padraic). >=20 > Is the last related with <thegn> /Tein/, an Anglo-Saxon feudal vassal?
Presumably. Actually, wait, here's what the oed sez: theine theine, =20 theign theign, v. Obs. Forms: 1-2 =FEe(asg)nian (1 =F0=E6(asg)n-), =FE=E9nian, 2 *=FEegnoz [2]thane.] intr. To be a servant or minister, to perform the duties of an office. With dative: To minister to, wait or attend upon, serve. (a person); hence, quasi-trans. So apparently, yes. --=20 -=3D-Don< ~dpb/>-=3D- Accident, n.: A condition in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body is better.