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R: Word connections - malaise and sit

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Friday, May 25, 2001, 13:33
Daniel 44 wrote:

> Hi all, > > I've been thinking a lot of late about word origins and the interesting > connections between words. > > I want to share two examples I've thought of: > > 'Malaise' - obviously a French word, though I'm not entirely sure of its
> in everyday modern French. In English, we use it to mean 'sickness' or
> feeling'. > > 'Mal' obviously means 'bad' but what about the ending '-aise'? > > My guess is that it comes from the verb s'asseyer (I hope the spelling is > ok) which means 'to sit'.
Italian has 'malessere' /mal'Es:er(e)/, from mal+ essere (to be). Could it be a loanword? Whence is it attested? Luca