A lot of old words in English meant drastically different things in Middle English and beyond, so yeah.
Even "to doubt" meant the opposite in Early Modern English (Shakespeare, King James).
Oh, and um, about the E. 'to ask'/S. ask
, one of the pairs on the list, those words are not the same because they're not even related, like at all. The Old English word that is a cognate to S. ask
which became E. 'ash' (tree). The West Germanic languages differ from the North Germanic languages in having softer pronouncations overall.
The Old English ancestor of E. 'to ask' was ascian
, and the Swedish cognate is äska
—as you can see, it begins with a completely different vowel that is rounder in both languages. You can also see the softening of 'sk' into 'sc' from North Germanic into West Germanic.
edited 22nd May '11 9:04:56 PM by annebeeche
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