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Postby tcward » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:45 pm

O.E. wenian "to accustom," from P.Gmc. *wanjanan (cf. O.N. venja, Du. vennen, O.H.G. giwennan, Ger. gewöhnen "to accustom"), from *wanaz "accustomed" (related to wont). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in O.E. was generally expressed by gewenian or awenian, which has a sense of "unaccustom" (cf. Ger. entwöhnen "to wean," lit. "to unaccustom"). The prefix subsequently wore off. Figurative extension to any pursuit or habit is from 1526.

My wife is a La Leche League leader, so the term "wean" is often heard around here. I thought the word history was interesting, with the prefix dropping over time...

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Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:42 pm

Or, Aweaning we will go, Aweaning we will go, Hi Ho the diary O, Aweaning we will go !...


PS : No pun intended....
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