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R: Re: English oddities

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 12, 2000, 11:43
R. Brown wrote:

> At 5:59 pm +0200 10/7/00, Mangiat wrote: > Anyway it seems once upon a time it meant 'time' > >as well, exemples are 'noontide' or 'yuletide', quite obsolete, I know, > > No - not quite obsolete. The words are still occasionally used, > particularly 'Yuletide'. They are archaic and obsolescent, maybe, but
> refuse to die :) >
Well, I'm happy, because I like it! That 'yule' has a very Scandinavian sound (wasn't the Danish word for Xmas 'jul'?). SOME OTHER QUESTIONS English has 'it', German 'es', Swedish 'ett', Latin 'id'. Where's Dutch 'het' from? Perhaps analogy with 'hij' (male)? Almost every germanic lang has the *bleiv- root: German 'bleiben', Dutch 'blijven', Swedish 'bleva'(?). English has the Romance 'remain' and his own 'abide' (OE a^bi^dan). What's more, I've tried to find cognates of 'bleiv-' in Gothic and OHG. None. What's your opinion? German has 'schön', Dutch 'schoon' (?). Where's the English cognate? Shouldn't it be 'shoon' (beautiful is from French)? Luca