Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Dregg


While searching for the etymological origin for the English word write and draw, I discovered some pretty exciting links to Norse language and the sea. The English word write is of Germanic origin related to the German reissen (Norwegian risse) meaning sketch or drag. The Old Norse word for to drag is dragan meaning to draw, but the noun drag is also related to the German dragge meaning grapnel. A grapnel is a small anchor and called dregg in Norwegian.
Just another curious connection that I appreciate.

1 comment:

  1. I love that observation. Dregg.

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