Monday, April 17, 2017

i before e and other such nonsense

Non Sequitur April 17, 2017

Okay... let's see if word origins have anything to do with the "i before e" rule...
  1. Weird: Old English wyrd ‘destiny,’ of Germanic origin
  2. Ancient: late Middle English: from Old French ancien, based on Latin ante ‘before.’
  3. Neither: Middle English: alteration (by association with either) of Old English nawther
  4. Deity: Middle English (denoting the divine nature of God): from Old French deite, from ecclesiastical Latin deitas (translating Greek theotēs ), from deus ‘god.’
  5. Rein: Middle English: from Old French rene, based on Latin retinere ‘retain.’

Now I'm gonna try a few of my own...
  1. Reign: Middle English: from Old French reignier ‘to reign,’ reigne ‘kingdom,’ from Latin regnum, related to rexreg- ‘king.’
  2. Weigh: Old English wegan, of Germanic origin; related to wagon and wain, and to Dutch wegen ‘weigh,’ German bewegen‘move,’ from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vehere ‘convey.’ 

Now some that follow the rule...
  1. Receipt: late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French receite, from medieval Latin recepta ‘received,’ feminine past participle of Latin recipere . The -p- was inserted in imitation of the Latin spelling.
  2. Believe: late Old English belȳfanbelēfan, alteration of gelēfan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch geloven and German glauben, also to lief.
  3. Beige: mid 19th century (denoting a usually undyed and unbleached woolen fabric of this color): from French, of unknown ultimate origin.
  4. Neighbor: Old English nēahgebūr, from nēah ‘nigh, near’ + gebūr ‘inhabitant, peasant, farmer’ (compare with boor)
  5. Friend: Old English frēond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to love,’ shared by free.
Conclusion? So far, none. This might take further studies and analysis... maybe... doubt it... :-/

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