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Yuck, are we trying to become OED part II ? Half of all the (sub)senses can be merged. — Vildricianus 11:34, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

This was the result of a massive update by everyone's favorite, Primetime - my vote is to revert to the way it was. SemperBlotto 11:57, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

That could indeed be more time-saving than trying to work through the entire mess. — Vildricianus 12:18, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

What is wrong with this article being expanded? In this case I don't even mind that Primetime is not sticking to WS:ELE since there is no precedence for an entry of this size. We should definitely tolerate Primetime's current edit spree and then change whatever needs improvement. Ncik 11:12, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

something's got to give[edit]

What does that mean? 10:39, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

In an untenable situation, some part of the problem has to change. Literally, something has to yield. —Stephen 17:28, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Etymology questionable and without any references[edit]

Why not < OS g(i)efan????

That cannot be Ossetic...why do you even suggest it? What in the etymology do you question? This is not Wikipedia, we usually do not give references for etymologies. —Stephen (Talk) 10:38, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
I suppose the user meant Old English (or Old Saxon?). Anyway, the reason why this word cannot be simply inherited is that OE g- before front vowels became [j-] and yields modern English y-. Of course, the Norse and OE forms will have merged over time, rather than one actually "replacing" the other. (I'm just saying this incase someone else should ever wonder.) Kolmiel (talk) 00:34, 11 April 2016 (UTC)


'Give' is also a noun meaning resilience or springiness. For example "This cord doesn't have much give in it". --Irrevenant (talk) 05:47, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

That’s true. —Stephen (Talk) 06:37, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Equinox 06:53, 2 January 2015 (UTC)