[Ads-l] t(h)run

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 16 00:22:25 EDT 2016

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Paul A Johnston, Jr <
paul.johnston at wmich.edu> wrote:

> Dirt's--or OE drit's--original meaning was "shit", wasn't it?

Instead of relying solely on my memory, I've gone to the supposed "source."
Buck, in fact, says nothing about a possible connection between "turd" < OE
_tord_ and "dirt," which he takes back only to ME _drit_. However, he does
agree that the original meaning of _drit_ was "shit."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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