Vein

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David Myer
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Vein

Postby David Myer » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:45 am

Thinking about this word, I wondered about its origins. I did a little research and it seems the etymology beyond Latin is obscure and uncertain. So why is it pronounced vane/vain when instinct tells us that it should be vine - presuming some German origin? And why is it spelt vein? In Latin, vena...

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