[Ads-l] "borne" = "given birth to by" -- archaic?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 5 14:51:46 UTC 2015

In a report about the day of opening statements 
at the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lead 
defense attorney, as quoted by the New York 
Times, said he was led on "a path borne of his 
brother, created by his brother and paved by his brother."

I would expect the spelling "born".  The OED 
"Forms" for "bear, v.1" confuse me.  They show 
"Pa. pple. borne , born", but also say "17–18 
borne, born differentiated" (differentiated for what?).

I don't know whether the spelling comes from a 
transcript of the defense lawyer's statement or 
from one of the two NYT reporters.


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