|From:||Don Blaheta <dpb@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 1, 1999, 1:31|
Quoth Tom Wier:
> Don Blaheta wrote:
> > 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).
> Is the last related with <thegn> /Tein/, an Anglo-Saxon feudal vassal?
Presumably. Actually, wait, here's what the oed sez:
theign, v. Obs. Forms: 1-2 =FEe(asg)nian (1 =F0=E6(asg)n-), =FE=E9nian,
2 *=FEegnoz 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.
A condition in which presence of mind is good, but absence of
body is better.