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Re: Hird - was Re: concerning installation of hurd;request from Norway


From: Marius Vollmer
Subject: Re: Hird - was Re: concerning installation of hurd;request from Norway
Date: 15 Oct 2002 20:36:32 +0200
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address@hidden (Niels Möller) writes:

> My popular ethymological handbook (Våra Ord, Norstedts) says that
> "hird" means body guard. It comes from old English "hir[e]d", via
> Icelandic literature and old Swedish "hirþ", where it meant body guard
> or other court folks. Also the same word as German "Heirat", wedding.

Sounds more like the German word "Hirte", which means ... herdsman.

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