Antedating of "Viking"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 20 20:16:57 UTC 2013

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
> I think it more likely a revival of the term OE/ON term by antiquarians rather than a loan from modern Scandinavian usage.

But, there must have been some cross-pollination with the Scandinavian
form, unless there's some other reason for the shift of initial w- to
v-, like a   borrowing from a regional English dialect that has
shifted w- to v-.

And what about OE -ici- yielding modern -iki-? Isn't that also a problem?

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