This time we (and by we I mean me) are looking at dread.
Dread first showed up in the late twelfth century as a shortened version of the Old English word adraedan, which itself was a shorter version of ondraedan, advise against. The prefix on- means against, while raedan is advise. Oh yeah. Raedan is also the origin word for read, which had a variety of meanings, including advise, discuss, guide, explain and, of course, read. Combined with the against, the word becomes “advise against”, which is a good definition for something to dread.
This might be the first time I’ve ever found two words similar in spelling that are connected in a way that makes sense.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
It was bound to happen eventually!ReplyDelete
This explains why I thought "reading" was "dreadful" when I was younger... :)ReplyDelete
I'm looking at that word, adraedan, and thinking that the shortened draedan would make a good character name.ReplyDelete
Great way to meet this challenge. I love etymology! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z", and I look forward to visiting again.ReplyDelete
That does make sense. Interesting!ReplyDelete
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It's not Latin!
Adraedan would make a good name. Since I'm always looking for good character names...ReplyDelete
I... I have nothing clever to say to this LOL But I did want you to know I'd read it :)ReplyDelete
You're right - this is the first time I've seen that happen, too. Is satisfying, isn't it?ReplyDelete
Very interesting theme .. looking forward to more.ReplyDelete
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It's interesting how that all morphed into dread.ReplyDelete
It actually makes sense!ReplyDelete