[Ads-l] Sad=?utf-8?Q?=C3=AD_?=/ Saddy "thank you, bow in prayer"

Horatius 00000e76b69c74bf-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Wed Dec 16 20:46:10 EST 2020


Could it come from Arabic ṣadīq (friend) or any derivations from the same root ṣ-d-q?

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Op woensdag 9 december 2020 om 5:45 AM schreef Z Sohna <zrice3714 at GMAIL.COM>:

> I am reviewing recorded testimony of a now deceased person and (the
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> individual's descendants) in which the term sadí or "saddy" occurs
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> repeatedly, meaning "thank you, thanks, a show of thanks" or "to bow in
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> prayer". The interviewees were Native Black Americans from
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> Kentucky/Pennsylvania who eventually settled in New York in the 1960s.
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> I looked for earlier citations of this word and the earliest published
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> citations occur among the Native Black American population of Pennsylvania.
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> However, in the previous literature on the topic, researchers refer to it
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> as "infantine" (despite it being used by adult Native Black Americans) and
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> cite its origin as "probably a corruption of “sag Dank.”
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> The etymology for sadí / "saddy" meaning "thank you, thanks, to kneel in
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> prayer" is the Akan aseda "thanks", literally, "to bow down" < Akan ase
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> "down, downward" + da "to lay". The traditional African bow, at least in
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> West Africa, is performed by laying down flat on one's belly. Thus, the
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> Akan etymon aseda "thanks" means quite literally, "to bow down".
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> When the Akan express thanks, the phrase is "Me da ase", or "I bow down".
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> So the form as it occurs among Native Black Americans sadí < Akan aseda
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> is akin to the English interjection "thanks".
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> Regards,
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> Zola Sohna
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