01 October 2008

Know your neighbor

Word for today - neighbor.

I confess that my spelling of this particular word can be questionable at times. Which is how I ended up thinking - why is that we spell the word similar to the sound made by a horse that is happy and free?

Not that I eavesdrop on too many horses, just saying.

So here's what Etymology Online has to say - it has German origin with an original meaning of "near dweller" - neah + gebur.

What interested me was the reference as a common Gmnc compound. Hence the Dutch reference na(bur) . [Bur can roughly mean a dwelling or living area of a group of people in Dutch].