Friday, September 18, 2009

Thesis - Etymology

The etymology of thesis topics came up in conversation the other day and I thought it might be interesting to investigate the matter a bit more fully.

From "An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language" by Rev. Walter W. Skeat:

Draw - to pull along. Merely a variant of drag; the form draw dates from about A.D. 1200

Draft - the act of drawing, a draught. A corruption of draught, by the usual change of gh to f, as in laugh. See Draught.

So I went and looked up Draught:

Draught - Not found in Anglo-Saxon, evidently derived from Anglo-Saxon dragan, to draw, drag. In Dutch; dragt, a load, burden. From dragen, to carry. In Danish; dragt, a load. In Icelandic; dráttr, a pulling, a draught (of fishes) or draga, to draw.

Also draughts, a game in which alternate draughts, i.e. "moves", are made. Chaucer uses draughtes, in the sense of moves at the game of chess, in the Boke of the Duchess.

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