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Posted by Adam Quinan on April 09, 2020 at 05:22:19 user Adam.

In Reply to: Re: LATIN posted by John Nichols on April 08, 2020 at 17:24:13:

According to the OED, week is an old Germanic word which was used in Anglo-Saxon and thence Old English.

Sennight from Seven-night was also originally Anglo-Saxon. It seems to have died out in the 19th century. Jane Austen uses it in Pride and Prejudice published in 1813 but by the end of the century it was obsolete. Fortnight (fourteen-night) for a two week period remains current usage in British English, though pretty well obsolete in North America, I don't know about other English speaking countries.


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