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[Sep. 7th, 2007|02:14 pm]
Najwa
All night once, while I was on ecstacy, I pondered the word "gift".

Now, I look up it's origin:

Gift
From the Old English "asgift," meaning, "payment for a wife" in the singular and meaning "wedding" in the plural. The Middle Dutch "gift," now written as "gif," meant the same, but today means "poison." The Old High German "gift" also became "poison." From the root "geb-", from which in English we get "give." There is another German word, however, which incorporates the word "gift", but which retains the older meaning of "payment for a wife". The word is "Mitgift", which is the modern German word for "dowry".
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From: damsaeldaemon
2007-09-07 10:09 pm (UTC)
That is fascinating.
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