TSL - Cease and Desist
Started by copycat, July 13, 2010, 04:38:13 PM
Quote from: Gilgamesh on March 23, 2011, 12:17:44 AMThe asylum is being taken over by evil entities.
Quote from: Haids1987 on March 25, 2011, 02:22:49 PM*Joins icarus under his bed*
Quote from: Deloria on March 27, 2011, 03:34:23 AM"Die" in English, on the other hand, is really, really interesting because it's not AS or Latin-based and they often borrowed and used euphemisms for death out of superstition.
Quote"Die" is the definite feminine article (nominative&accusative). It's actually not a huge coincidence because in AS it was þe (then a demonstrative pronoun, which, as I understand it, gradually replaced the definite article but has remnants, consider "that").
QuoteEtymology: Early Middle English dēȝen, dēghen, corresponding to Old Norse deyja (originally døyja, Old Swedish and Old Danish döia, Danish döe, Swedish dö), Old Frisian deia, deja, Old Saxon dóian, Old High German touwan, Middle High German töuwen; these represent an Old Germanic strong verb of the 6th class *daw-j-an, past tense dôw, past participle dawan-, the strong inflections being retained in Old Norse (dó- < *dów, dáinn < *dawans). In the other languages and in English a regular weak verb. No instance of the word is known in Old English literature (its sense being expressed by steorfan, sweltan, or the periphrastic wesan déad, past tense wæs déad: see dead adj. 1d) hence it is generally held to have been early lost in Old English (as in Gothic, and as subsequently in all the continental West Germanic languages), and re-adopted in late Old English or early Middle English from Norse; but some think that the facts point rather to the preservation of an Old English díegan, dégan, in some dialect; the word appears to have been in general use from the 12th cent., even in the s.w. dialects (see Napier in Hist. Holy Rood, E.E.T.S., 1894). The Middle English dēȝen, dēghen came regularly down to 1500 as deye, which was retained in the North as dey, dē, dee (still current from Lancashire to Scotland); but in standard English dēghe was in 14th cent. (in conformity with the common phonetic history of Old English eh, eah, eoh, as in dye, eye, fly, high, lie, nigh, thigh, etc.) narrowed to diȝe, dighe, whence the later dye, die.