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#214334 - 02/28/14 09:30 PM Not in a hurry
Jackie Offline

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Are harried, harridan, and harassment all etymologically related?

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#214336 - 02/28/14 09:49 PM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
Faldage Offline
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No.

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#214350 - 03/01/14 11:22 PM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
Jackie Offline

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Ok; thanks.

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#214351 - 03/02/14 07:23 AM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
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#214357 - 03/02/14 08:14 PM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
Jackie Offline

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Huh. I still think there's a chance they're related: after all, a harridan can harry and harass--that's rather what they're known for. "FalDAGE! Did you feed the cat yet? Well why NOT?! I swear you can never do anything right!" etc. smile

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#214358 - 03/02/14 09:02 PM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
wofahulicodoc Offline
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The definitions linked to do support a connection between harried and harass

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#214361 - 03/03/14 03:58 AM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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The only connection I see, given the information from Faldage's (Thank you.) links is the similarity of the words and meanings that gave rise to Jackie's question in the first place. The etymologies are vastly different, as are the times of entry into the language. Any similarity appears coincidental.

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#214368 - 03/03/14 11:17 AM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
Faldage Offline
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Sorry and sorrow are not related.

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#214370 - 03/03/14 02:04 PM Re: Not in a hurry [Re: Jackie]
tsuwm Offline
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your thinking on the use of the term 'harry' may be a bit watered down from the way it was used at the time of the Norman Conquest!

(think looting, sacking, pillaging, etc.)

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