Talk:forwhy

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Two obvious anachronisms removed[edit]

"Forwhy" is cited from two modern texts. It is obviously a typo. Here is a citation for one of them:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/stars-wages-send-cost-of-bbc-radio-soaring-6889896.html.

84.227.232.150 17:42, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Middle English?[edit]

Most of the quotations here appear to be in Middle English, so I'm thinking the language for this word should be Middle English rather than English.

The second definition as an adverb (i.e. on account of which) has the quotation, "I ne finde no3t atte frume Þat þing for whi ihc am hider icume", which comes from a text that was written (in English) no later than 1250 (according to this), which was well before Modern English is generally held to have developed. --Dylanvt (talk) 18:15, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

I've moved the adverb section to Middle English. The conjunction is rare and obsolete, but did at least remain in use after 1500 (I've added a second post-1500 citation of it). There are many senses and terms around Wiktionary which were added (or in some cases copied from out-of-copyright dictionaries) under the "English" header, which are in fact "Middle English". If you find more, please do comment. Cheers, - -sche (discuss) 16:56, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


Thank you, - -sche. I'll stay on the lookout.--Dylanvt (talk) 18:15, 8 August 2014 (UTC)