Re: [tied] Birds (was Horse words)

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 3903
Date: 2000-09-19

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From: Marc Verhaegen
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Birds (was Horse words)

What I meant was that a borrowing in the other direction didn't strike me as very likely, especially the name of a ubiquitously common bird. Coot and koet might be inherited from Proto-Low-German or independently formed (in parallel to Welsh cwtair) -- with imitative words, you never know.
Several marine terms in English are from Dutch origin, and a lot of English words are of Low Dutch origin (medieval), so why not coot?