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Re: R: Re: Blandness (was: Uusisuom's influences)

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 10, 2001, 0:20
On Mon, 9 Apr 2001 19:34:45 -0400, Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:

>Mangiat wrote: >> Hey, just a question: is the word 'law' from Latin 'lex' via French 'loi' >> (sp?), or is there a Germanic root I'm missing? > >It's from Old Norse *lagu, the plural of lag "laying, good order" (i.e., >"that which is 'laid down'"), derived ultimate from Proto-Germanic *lag- >"put", also the source of English "lay".
Quite true, except *lagu would be Proto-Norse, not Old Norse; that -u ending is prior to umlauting, which yielded the ON form "lög" (using "ö" for the o-tail character). It's a plural form of a neuter, btw; that -u ending is a cognate to Latin/Greek neuter pl -a, methinks; at least it also appears in feminine singulars, just like the Latin -a in fem sings (which was -ee in Attic Greek). Óskar