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Etymology of wraith

  1. May 22, 2006 #1
    What is the etymology behind (word history of) the English word,


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  3. May 22, 2006 #2
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  4. May 22, 2006 #3
    "Uncertain origin" is not a good answer :frown:
    ...but it will have to do*

    (*But at least, now we know that "wraith" is Scottish :biggrin:,
    and either Klein or Weekley may be right :smile:)

    *Until we have more information...
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  5. May 22, 2006 #4
    edit: I replied to a post which afterwards was rewritten (poor etiquette! :devil:).
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  6. May 22, 2006 #5


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    Why not both? Since both Old Norse and Erse (Scots Gaelic) were spoken in Scotland, people could have heard both words used, in somewhat similar contexts, and "folk-conflated" them.
  7. May 23, 2006 #6
    ~Good point :cool:
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