Monday, October 18, 2010

"Rattle" is Akin to Middle Dutch Ratel

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

"...intransitive make a rapid succession of short sharp noises...

"Origin of RATTLE
"Middle English ratelen; akin to Middle Dutch ratel rattle
"First Known Use: 14th century...."

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Left-Footer said...

I find this kind of thing fascinating. When I discovered that the Polish for 'camel' was 'wielbłąd' I whooped for joy, thinking 'wielki'='big' and 'błąd'='mistake'. So very apt for such an ugly beast.

My etymological conjecture was, sadly, wrong. Hmph!

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...


That would be an apt etymology. Too bad it didn't pan out.

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