From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17885
Date: 2003-01-21

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Subject: [tied] Re: DATING WEDNESDAY?

> <richard.wordingham@...> REPLIED:
> <<In what way? I hope you're not comparing the nominative singular ending *-az with the OE genitive singular -es.>>

> I guess I was. Is <wo:dnes-> the OE genitive singular form of <wo:den>, or is it contracted? How would the genitive form of *-az have differed?

<wo:dnes> is the perfectly regular of <wo:den> (the syncope of the middle vowel is normal in OE).

PGmc. *-az > OE zero ending (e.g. wulf < *wulfaz)
PGmc. *-asa > OE -es (e.g. wulfes < wulfæs < *wulfasa)

> Maybe what I was thinking of was the OFrisian form, <wo:nsdei>. I'm
presuming the OFrisian genitive of <wo:den> was NOT <w:ons>. But I don't know that.

Remember that documented Old Frisian was not contemporaneous with Old English! The OFris. period = ca. 1200-1500. By that time we get funny spellings for "Wednesday" in English, Dutch etc. as well.