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Posted: 07 July 2017 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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languagehat - 05 July 2017 02:11 PM

So what’s the “hæleð” in hæleð-helm ‘helmet of invisibility?

In modern Danish the noun hæler is a person who hides and distributes stolen goods. But not being the actual thief him-/herself but more in the sense of a distributor.
It is familiar with an older verb hæle (old norse; hæli hiding-place or getaway) meaning to hide or place someone or something out of range.
So “helmet of invisibility” could make sense.

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Posted: 07 July 2017 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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In English criminal argot that would be a fence. If I can figure out what the origin of the slang term is, that would make a good Big List entry.

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