Subject: OED
From: Tracey Showalter <tshowalt -at- SCTCORP -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 1994 10:11:30 -0500


Last night it became too much for me: Curiosity drove me to my OED to find the
truth. After slogging through pages of tiny tiny text, I found no answer. But I
did find this:

1. 1883, G. Massey, Nat. Genesis
Things were portrayed before thoughts by those who were thingers
rather than thinkers.

2. Thing is an obs. form of Think, v1 and v2

3. in a use from 1420, "thing" is a 3rd pers sing form of "think"

4. Thing, dial or coll
1b nonce-use An idea, a thought
1867, G. McDonald, Home Again
iv. A thing must be a think before it be a thing.

5. Think is an obs. form of Thing

6. spellings of thing dating from Old English vary |thing| with |think|
(anybody know how to represent the IPA on the net??)

i promise to say no more....

Tracey Showalter
tshowalt -at- sctcorp -dot- com

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