This is really heart warming and moving
This is a useful site.I enjoy looking things up.As I suspected the w at the beginning of WRONG used to be pronounced in the past.It’s old Anglo-Saxon or Norse..I wonder how many scholars learn these now?
It tickles me to spell “wrong” rong… but also it has made me wish to find out why we have all those extra silent w’s at the beginning of words.We don’t call rats,wrats… so there must be some etymological reasons.
We also have silent k’s like in Knowledge.I imagine that once that was pronounced.I’ll do some research by lying on my bed with the etymological dictionary on top of me
If you tell lies in bed I cannot recall if that’s also spelled,
lying in bed
or if it’s lieing in bed.
That latter way looks wrong to me..
So if you say,she was lying in bed.it has two meanings I think.As in life the context provides the most likely solution
Please stop lying,dear,whilst you are lying in bed.
I am not lying!
Well cats don’t pour out the tea
I was being whimsical for a change.
Ah,whimsey,I wonder what the etymology of that is?
Stop thinking so much and get into bed
Do you want me to lie with you?
Well,I don’t want you to lie to me.
Learning English is very hard as it combines so many other languages.
Is that why we have combine harvesters?
I’ll harvest you if you don’t give me some peace!
God knows why I married you!
Well,I am glad to hear it as I thought nobody on earth knew…. that I am the nicest person in the entire world.If it’s true
why does nobody know?Maybe it’s a fantasy…
I say,my dear,that’s a trifle exaggerated but I catch your drift.
What a relief,no more lying after today.Amen
Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?
- You can see the dictionary here
- Door (n.)
- Middle English merger of Old English dor (neuter; plural doru) “large door, gate,” and Old English duru (fem., plural dura) “door, gate, wicket;” both from Proto-Germanic *dur- (cf. Old Saxon duru, Old Norse dyrr, Danish dør, Old Frisian dure, Old High German turi, German Tür).The Germanic words are from PIE *dhwer- “a doorway, a door, a gate” (cf. Greek thura, Latin foris, Gaulish doro “mouth,” Gothic dauro “gate,” Sanskrit dvárah “door, gate,” Old Persian duvara- “door,” Old Prussian dwaris “gate,” Russian dver’ “a door”).The base form is frequently in dual or plural, leading to speculation that houses of the original Indo-Europeans had doors with two swinging halves. Middle English had both dure and dor; form dore predominated by 16c., but was supplanted by door.
Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)