Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

The things you learn: Geflügel

Apparently, German Geflügel “poultry, fowl (birds)” derives from late MHG gevlügel(e), under the influence of der Flügel, "wing," from MHG gevügel, from OHG gifugili = collective formation, from fogal, "bird".

So if it hadn’t been influenced by the false friend along the way, it might have ended up as Vogel “bird” vs. Gevögel “poultry; fowl”. (Though that second word does exist in German [as a shortening of Gevögele?], albeit with a rather different meaning….)

Still, Geflügel originally related to Vogel. Whodathunkit. Makes sense, though.


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