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This has been another...useless fact.

The word that would eventually become the verb, "To Give," in Middle English was spelled "yiffe" (pronounced roughly yeh-fuh).

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athene1765
May. 25th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
Want really useless?

The word in Latin "to give" is do -- well, do, dare, dedi, datum, IIRC, if you want to be complete. But it's way older than Latin, and is, if I'm remembering my lessons properly, one of the oldest words out there, stemming from proto-Indo-European tongues that we only have the vaguest clue about...

Er. Of course that's not actually funny or amusing. "yiffe" rather is, considering...admittedly, it kind of makes me shift in my seat, too. o.o
spottylogic
May. 25th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
I like "datum," that's got a certain full circle sort of thing happening.
kt_kat
May. 25th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
More playing with words....
Facio (sounding very much like fuck you) means "do" or "make" in Latin.
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