aggr(e)y
Posted: 03 April 2012 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I just remembered that many years ago a friend (who imported African beads) asked me about the etymology of aggr(e)y; I actually wrote to the chief etymologist at Webster’s Third, who told me their etymological files on this word were from the 1920s and badly in need of updating.  I know the online OED has gotten into the A’s, and I wonder if they’ve reached this word; anybody know?

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Posted: 03 April 2012 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It doesn’t seem to have been updated yet; the entry still says 2nd edition and reads:
“A word of unknown origin and meaning, applied to coloured and variegated glass beads of ancient manufacture, found buried in the ground in Africa; they closely resemble the glain neidyr or adder stone of the Britons.”

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Posted: 03 April 2012 04:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks.  Maybe I’ll remember to ask again after the next update…

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