dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #1015

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Tue May 17 18:55:55 EDT 2005

minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:

>made me reach for those hard-covers, though, because that *is* in them.
>It's a bit sad, but "flemen" just meant "to put to flight" in Middle
>English, "flem" being flight and "fleme" being fugative, as well as
>"flemer" being banisher, all from the Anglo-Saxon "fleam", flight.  Chaucer
>uses "fleme" and "flemed" in other places where it's not mysterious at all,
>and he uses "flambe" or "flaumbe" or "flaume" when he means "flame".
>T'chah.  Bah, even.  Nice idea, shame it doesn't really work.

Ha. Didn't know that word. I can add it to my list of English deverbals 
in -m
(fleme < flee, seam < sew, team < tow, as well as beam, stem, stream, 
name from well known roots that don't survive as independent words in 
English). Cognate with Greek -ma, Latin -men, Russian -mja.


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