[lit-ideas] Re: Whinger... (Was: Thinks...)

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 13:17:57 EDT

In a message dated 6/1/2004 1:10:35 PM Eastern Standard Time,  
andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
I asked,  because whiner rhymes with wine. Whinger sounds so  un-English.

Yup. Unfortunately, when it comes to etymology, the OED is here not  very 
ellucidatory, but rather circulatory:
'whinger': "presumably related to the earlier  synonymous 'whinyard' ..."
'whinyard': "of obscure  origin; cf. 'whinger'."
The OED notes there's Scot dial. 'whinge', to whine, a 'whinge', a whine. 


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