Subject: Re: OED
From: Paul Trummel <trummel -at- U -dot- WASHINGTON -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 1994 08:22:57 -0800

Thank you Tracey. At last we have some research rather than personal
opinion and experience!

Paul Trummel.

On Wed, 2 Feb 1994, Tracey Showalter wrote:


> 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
> 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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