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Chris

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"Fortnight"
« on: Aug 09, 2005, 10:12 »
Mr Crun, hello.

What is the origin of the word "fortnight", And why do we not have a similar word to describe three weeks? And why do we not say "fortday" to describe two days? Or "fortyear"?

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 09, 2005, 10:33 »
I always thought 'fortnight' must be because it has  fourteen nights.....I'll be interested to know if that's right.Kat

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 09, 2005, 11:06 »
Think you are right kattaddora. See here :

Fortnight is a contraction of the Old English f?owertyneniht, literally fourteen nights. It dates to c. 1000.

http://www.wordorigins.org

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 09, 2005, 12:17 »
That looks a very interesting web site,thanks for sharing it, I've added it to my favourites for a good browse of when I've plenty of time. :D Kat

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 09, 2005, 13:25 »
Thanks folks! So for three weeks should we say "Twentyonenight"?

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 09, 2005, 13:33 »

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re: "Fortnight"
« Reply #6 on: Aug 09, 2005, 20:06 »
Well answered Team! :D
I did notice that I didn't get any back-up on the fish question though. :roll:  :wink:
Ta,
Crun

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