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Undoing of my revision for etymology of grisly[edit]

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I'm writing this here because Wiktionary says that talk pages for entries aren't normally looked at by editors. You wrote as an explanation "this isn't very clear" but I'm not sure what was not clear about the change I made. What I was trying to fix is that the old wording implies that grise is an Old English or Middle English verb and that the definition provided after it is from one of those languages. The OED's etymology (present edition) for grisly does not give this information. The word grisly has this etymology: "Late Old English grislic ; ultimately < gris- weak root of grise v. + -lic, -ly suffix1; but the history is unknown." The Old English verb would be *grīsan, and the Middle English word is grisen. The verb grise is listed in the OED as a word of Modern English that is obsolete, meaning that it was found after 1500 (when the Modern English period begins) but is no longer used in the language at present. S. Neuman (talk) 16:24, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

I had a look at the OED again, and updated the etymology. See if that's better. — SMUconlaw (talk) 03:40, 26 June 2017 (UTC)