Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
Just on the side, found under "werewolf" at dictionary.com:
"The wer- or were- in wer(e)wulf means “man” it is related to Latin vir with the same meaning, the source of virile and virility. Both the Germanic and the Latin words derive from Indo-European *wro-, “man.” Wer- also appears, though much disguised, in the word world. World is first recorded (written wiaralde) in Old English in a charter dated 832; the form worold occurs in Beowulf. The Old English forms come from Germanic *wer-ald-, “were-eld” or “man-age.” The transfer of meaning from the age of humans to the place where they live has a parallel in the Latin word saeculum, “age, generation, lifetime,” later “world.”
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. "
So next time you use the word "world" ("were" + "eld") remember it once flatly meant "Man/Male Age"
I don't know of any "wife-eld" ever being used.
While "Man" and "mankind" that cause gender issues now in english, were quite "unisex" back then.
[This message has been edited by Essorant (09-25-2003 11:11 PM).]