freten by sowe

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 3 16:38:58 UTC 2008

At 3/2/2008 10:24 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
>OED, "fret", v.1:
>1.    a. trans. Chiefly of animals: To eat, devour. Also with up and
>to eat of. Obs.
>        b. transf. To devour, consume, destroy. Obs.

This does not rule out fretting by humans.  And I don't read ME.  Can
someone tell me whether some of the quotations (see links below) are
about humans fretting?  (I surmise that some of them are about humans
being fretten!)


At 3/2/2008 11:41 PM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
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>There are a number of example quotations in the on-line Middle English

The American Dialect Society -

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