French Sea-Terms of Northern Origin

By A.H. May, published May 1940

Abstract

Although it is accepted that most French sea terms are derived from the south, this article considers those that came from North Sea countries and the Baltic. It shows that this is confused by the French dropping the letter s before a consonant, and replacing it with é, as in étai (Old French: estai, Old Norse: Stag). The various words are considered, along with the etymological evidence, with a few being rejected, or left in the ‘not proven’ category.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

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