origin of Latin "do, dare"

Anthony Appleyard mclssaa2 at fs2.mt.umist.ac.uk
Thu May 4 16:58:01 UTC 2000

Latin `do, dare' continues the IE root {d-H3} = Greek {dido:mi} = "give". But
many of its supposed compounds, e.g. `addo' = "add", `abdo' = "hide", have
nothing to do with transfer of ownership and look more like as if made from a
root meaning "put". Thus I suspect that in pre-literary Italic times there was
confusion with the outcome of PIE {dheH1} = "put" (= Greek {tithe:mi}).

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