[lit-ideas] Re: When Water Wasn't Wet

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 22:16:41 EDT

Geary said:
   "Water is wet"
   "Grass is green" (etymologically). 
-- is that analytic?
The Latins called it "Unda", hence "Undine". 
water. First quote:

897 ÆLFRED Gregory's Past. C. 309 Onsend Ladzarus, ætte he ewæte his  
ytemestan finger on wættre. 
Com. Teut.: 
Old English wæter neut. corresponds to OFris. watar, watir, weter,  etc., 
OS. watar (MLG., Low German, Du. water), OHG. waar, waar (MHG. waer,  mod.G. 
wasser):OTeut. *watar-; a parallel formation with n instead of r occurs  in 
Goth. wat neut. (genit. watins), ON. vatn neut. (Norw. vatn, Sw. vatten, Da. 
The Indo-European root *wod- (Teut. *wat-) occurs in OSl., Russ. voda  
water; the ablaut-variant *wed- (Teut. *wet-) is represented in WET a.; the  
ablaut-variant *ud- (Teut. *ut-) is found more widely: cf. Skr. udán,  Gr. 
hudor (genit. hudros), Lith. und (also vand), OPrussian unds, undo,  Umbrian 
utur, water, L. unda wave; also the derivatives with the sense  ‘water-animal’ 
(see OTTER).] 
For 'wet'
888 ÆLFRED Boeth. xxxiii. §5 Sie eore is drye & ceald, & æt wæter  wæt & 
"water wet" 
Etym. -- see 'water'.
For The Romance Languages we have
aqua -- which gives 'aquatic', 'aquous'. 
       It. acqua. (with otiose, 'c'). 
       Sp. 'agua aguosa' would be the strict  equivalent of 'wet water'. 
JL Speranza
  Buenos Aires, Argentina
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