> 03-09-03 07:23, Ray wrote:being
> > I recently read a book which says the word 'hussy' came into
> > before the form 'housewife'. However, most dictionaries'etymology
> > columns list 'hussy' as a contraction of housewife; this mightbefore 'housewife'
> > suggest that 'housewife' was created earlier than 'hussy'.
> > So, which account is correct? 'hussy' was created
> > or 'hussy' happened as a contraction of 'housewife', i.e. itoccurred
> > after 'housewife'?in use
> > I will apprecite your replies.
> <housewife> (originally spelt <husewif>) is older. It was already
> in Early Middle English (13th c.). English /w/ is notoriouslyunstable
> in compounds, so the word was often contracted into <huzzif> orand
> <hussive> (the vowel was shortened before the Great Vowel Shift),
> then further into <huzzy> or <hussy> (about the 16th c.). Thelong
> differentiation of meaning between the full form (with a restored
> vowel) and the colloquial contractions is a still more recentphenomenon.
>"Mom" and "dad" of a Swedish dog are 'matte' and 'husse'