I have no idea what moiety means, even though I looked it up when I took the test on March 2, a mere 8 days ago. It's just not a word I've ever even heard used. I do know fiduciary, though, because of Mary Poppins.
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I looked in my Old English dictionary and find that swifan meant 'to come to course' and our word swift is from the past particple. No mention of its sexual use. Nothing sexual under cwim either, except that it's a variation of comen whence our to come; it's related to Skt gam. 'to go', Latin venio 'to come', and Gothic qiman 'to come'. The use of the verb for come as a synonym for the climax of sexual intercourse is found in Hittite (don't have the word at hand).
Anyway, I'm still sceptical, but will reserve further opinion until I've read Money's article.
Don't mean to reopen such an old thread, but no one answer'd you.
The OE word that you're looking for is cwēme/cwēman (noun/verb) ... today's English, tho seldom seen, is queem.
OE cwēman: to give pleasure, please, delight, propitiate, satisfy. Quim is likely a variation of queem.
As for swīfan (strong verb in OE ... p swāf [swove], pp swifen [swiven], it also meant: to revolve, sweep, wend; of a course of action, to come to take part in a matter; intervene. No straightforward sexual witt (sense) but we are missing so much from OE. However, by ME, it did hav it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: AnWulf,
April 13, 2013, 23:44
How mendacious of you to say so!
Seriously, some nice posts to introduce yourself. Welcome to the board.
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