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From skuld (debt) and its archaic form skull (behalf), originally meaning to be in debt, i.e. to be the one who needs to pay for something. Hence the roles have switched from carrying blame to putting blame.



skylla (present skyller, preterite skyllde, supine skyllt, imperative skyll)

  1. (archaic) to owe, to be in debt, to be indebted, to carry blame
    Tag mot dem som en skatt den jag dig skyller (translation by Hagberg)
    Receive them then, the tribute that I owe (Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, act 1)
  2. to blame
    skylla sig själv
    blame oneself
    Sjunken i elände, skyllde han sina motgångar på yttre omständigheter
    Sunken in misery, he blamed his misfortune on external circumstances