dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #1015

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Wed May 18 15:47:50 EDT 2005

>It looks as if "flee" comes from "fleen" (which means "to flee, flinch or
>fall back", and is from the Anglo-Saxon "fleogan, fleon") rather than from
>"flemen" (which means "to force to leave" and comes from the Anglo-Saxon
>"fleman, flyman") so that isn't quite fair: they were two different words
>before English was words at all.  How early are you counting as being
Here's the MED online. There are 2 separate meanings. Flemen (1): *fle 
macron dot belowmen* (v.(1)) Also *vlemen*, *fleomen*, *flæmen*. Forms: 
p. *fle macron breve dot belowmde*; ppl. *i)fle macron breve dot 
belowmed*. From:[A *ge)fle macronman*, WS *ge)fli macroneman*, *ge)fly 
1. a) To expel, banish, exile, outlaw; -- often with *from, of, out, out 
of*; (b) *flemed man*, an exile, an outlaw; (c) to disgrace (someone); 
to condemn.
2. To put to flight; drive away or out.
3. a) To drive out (an evil spirit); to banish (good faith, discretion, 
vice, etc.); (b) to reject (an agreement, terms).
4. (a) To go into exile; (b) to flee; be dispelled; (c) /refl./ to escape.

Then there's *fle macronmen* (v.(2)) [From *fle macronm* (2).]
To pour forth, to flow.


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