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    Ogre in the Playground

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    Default Re: Musings on Language #2

    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    But still my gut tells me that Edderkop is a compound word made from Edder and Kop. What do those mean? Adder Head?
    Fun fact: the original word isn't adder, it's nadder, related to Sanskrit (or was it Hindi?) naja, also meaning snake. However, "a nadder" and "an adder" sound the same, and it was reinterpreted from the former to the latter. "A nickname" from "an ekename" is the opposite.
    EDIT: Got my etymologies confused. Naga/naja and snake are cognates, not nadder
    Last edited by lsfreak; 2012-10-01 at 02:35 PM.
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