Re: [tied] There was a crooked root

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16857
Date: 2002-11-22

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From: tgpedersen
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Quadi

> It's tempting to connect Angeln with the meaning "narrow" of the root *ang-

But it seems that the toponym Angul is the same as the common noun *angulaz 'fishing-hook' --> 'bend, corner' (Eng. angle, note also the verb <angle> 'to fish with a hook'), which is not connected with *h2ang^H- 'narrow' but derives from another widespread and well-attested root, *h2ank- 'bend, curve', providing 'fishing-hook' terms in several branches of IE. Greek ankulos 'crooked' (acute accent on <u>) corresponds to *angulaz perfectly.