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Sorry--I see that you said both.  But the point is that neither is "fixed" in relation to the other.  It is not a matter of a "fixéd foot" and a variable.  "Silly," for example, once meant innocent.  The connection with childishness, apparently, led to a quite different meaning.  In Scots "yow trummle" is literally "ewe tremble," but it gets translated as " the time of the year in July when you have sheared the sheep and there is a sudden cold snap and they tremble."  Clearly the origin is present, but the meaning is quite altered.
Nancy


>>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 07/11/07 12:09 AM >>>
> There is always the middle way.
> In fact a word cannot be totally unfixed or it would be useless
> nonsense.
> I venture to say that every word that is viable has both a fixed root
> allied with variable element. The flip is also true. The root can
change
> and the variables can become fixed.
>


>>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 07/12/07 5:52 PM >>>
As I said, The root can cange.
P.
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From: "Nancy Gish" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Word Choice Re: a Jeremiah sighting?


> So would any feminist critic, including me.   It is based in the fact
> that only men could (in many places still can) be legally witnesses
> (although according to one source this connection is rejected, but it is
> the same root in both entries of the OED).  I was just making a point
> because Peter was denying it.  But it is not just the root that is not
> fixed--his claim.  It includes that root because of language, not
> because anyone chooses or not.
> Nancy
>
>
> Nancy I think a Marxist critic like Terry Eagleton would argue that
> "testimony" certainly does imply witnessing in the context of
> patriarchal law and therefore does include "testes." Diana
>
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