þriðjudagur, apríl 10, 2007

stranded

Just now I try to think of some Norse cognate for narrow. Strand is strönd of course. All strands in my North are narrow, but I find no narrow there. Can that be?

It seems so. West Germanic and nothing else: *narwaz. And "of unknown origin" yet. Did this word just wash up one day on one side or another of what I've just learned were called the narrow seas? Would the Dutch be nauwstrand? I've made that up, and I hate it when other people botch that kind of thing. And could there ever be a narrow Netherlandish strand? It seems unlikely in that low land.

All this because I am tired, because for a moment I cannot recall where I am.

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Simon sagði...

Smal?

sterna sagði...

Yes, but a cognate! Something in -n-.

 
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