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Postby tcward » Mon Mar 14, 2005 7:11 pm

1552, from M.E. whittel "a knife" (1404), variant of thwittle (1390), from O.E. þwitan "to cut," from P.Gmc. *thwitanan (cf. O.N. þveita "to hew").

I just posted this in the wrong thread and had to delete it and re-post it, so I'm not sure I can remember what I had originally posted.

Someone had mentioned this word (by way of another language), so I thought I'd post it here.

Somehow I was under the impression all these years that this word had onomatopoetic origins... :?


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Postby Apoclima » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:52 am

Well, if you are going to whittle away at everything that is said!

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