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example sentences[edit]

the example sentences dont even have the word wed in them?! instead they use the synonym marry. can you really say I wedded last week?? i dont think anyone says that.. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 11:51, 30 July 2007 UTC.

pledge ~> marry[edit]

Is the development from "to pledge" in OE to "to marry" influenced by Welsh gweddu ("to yoke, to unite, to render orderly, to wed")? Hbrug 22:57, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

No; the sense "wed, marry" was already present in Old English, although our entry failed to note that. "To marry" apparently developed logically in Old English from "to betroth, to pledge to give in marriage" (a sense found in Old English and Gothic), a specific use of the general sense of the Germanic root, "to pledge". - -sche (discuss) 00:18, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. Hbrug 00:34, 31 October 2011 (UTC)