Today, we’re looking at eat and…I just suddenly realized that I’m hungry.
Anyway! Eat comes from the Old English etan, which just means eat, and before that, the Proto Germanic etan and Proto Indo European ed-, to eat. Ed- is also the origin for edible, no surprises there, although edible comes to us by way of Latin rather than through straight Germanic roots.
So yes, we have two words related to food that originate from the same word and yet came to English by two very divergent paths. Because words are weird.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Great word! Now I'm hungry :) Have a lovely day.ReplyDelete
So interesting! I'd love to know how you are choosing your words. Will you tell? I could spend all my free time on etymology.ReplyDelete
You're right there - words are definitely weird. I find your posts fascinating and entertaining :) Hmm ... time for lunch :)ReplyDelete
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If we're going to eat something it might as well be edible.ReplyDelete
Words are so weird. And I love them for it.ReplyDelete
Words are weird - but you already knew that.ReplyDelete
Fortunately lunch is not that far off, so hunger's welcome!ReplyDelete
Well, since eating is such a central part of the human experience, of course it would have been around for a very long time. And yeah, now I'm hungry, too...ReplyDelete
I don't eat; I only digest.ReplyDelete
Hmmm..Now you've made me hungry too.!ReplyDelete
I'm eating dinner. Talk about food for thought!ReplyDelete
Eating is good, words are weird.ReplyDelete
Hey, I happen to be eating as I read this. =DReplyDelete
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