Talk:foulc

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I'm yet to find a true citation, but dictionaries are showing this meaning flock, are flock and folk considered to be cognates? Mglovesfun (talk) 22:52, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Ironically I've got some seemingly valid citations for folc and fouc, and fulc is used in the best known work of them all. Mglovesfun (talk) 23:05, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
The relation between folk and flock is uncertain, some etymologists connect them, others do not. The forms for flock are found only in Template:ang, Template:non and Template:gml and have the same meaning as folk ("group of persons, crowd, troop, band, flock, etc."). Leasnam 23:13, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
No source on this, but my gut instinct tells me that the two words may have got crossed in Old French due to their similarity, with Old Norse flokkr being the form used. Only a guess though. Otherwise, it might have been a natural sense evolution from folk (group of people) to flock (group of animals) Leasnam 23:17, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
Also seems to be masculine, which makes sense given the c ending. 195.171.111.194 11:05, 11 June 2010 (UTC)