freten by sowe

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 2 19:48:01 UTC 2008

Whoa! Now, I'm *really* glad that I didn't get out of the car while
pigs were loose! But, seriously, folks, couldn't "freten" merely mean
"eat, of animals," like German "fressen"?


On Sun, Mar 2, 2008 at 11:56 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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>  <font size=3>At 3/2/2008 10:08 AM, William Salmon wrote:<br>
>  <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">There's a horrifying line in The
>  Knight's Tale about a pig eating a<br>
>  child.<br><br>
>  The sowe freten the child right in the cradel...</blockquote><br>
>  I assume "freten" (fressen) rather than (?) "eten"
>  (essen) to make it more horrifying?<br><br>
>  Joel</font></body>
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