Re: Freezer Blankets

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Subject: Re: Freezer Blankets
Name: Gray Lensman
Date: 4/29/2005 5:14:37 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Re: Freezer Blankets posted by LED

hail (1)
"greetings!" c.1200, from O.N. heill "health, prosperity, good luck;" and O.E. hals, shortening of ws hil "be healthy" (see health and cf. wassail). The verb meaning "to call from a distance" is 1563, originally nautical. Hail fellow well met is 1581, from a familiar greeting. Hail Mary (c.1300) is the angelic salutation (L. ave Maria), cf. Luke i.58, used as a devotional recitation.

Why this sudden facination with word origins? Words are derived from words from previous languages which are in turn derived from still more ancient sources. No one will ever be able to trace a word all the way back to its true root source when its sound was first created by that first primitive experimenting with the passage of air over his vocal cords and new found tongue gymnastics, for the only incomplete reference we have is written and this is often incorrectly translated or has multiple translations.

Ooga booga!

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