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Elliott Lash wrote:
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>  Christophe Grandsire <[log in to unmask]> writes:
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> > > "think" being *kniht, and _cniht_ is "boy" in Old English isn't it?
> > >
> >
> > It looks more to me like an old orthography of "knight" (though I may be
> > influenced by Quenya where "ht" is /xt/ :)) ). Did "knight" ever mean
>"boy" in
> > Old English?
>
>I'm pretty sure it did up until the Middle English period...but I have no
>dictionaries of Old English to check this out in...I'm just relying on
>memory.
>

Swedish _knekt_ means "common soldier", especially refering to early modern
times. IRRC, the same is true of German _Knecht_.

                                                      Andreas

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