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The Origin of Aroint and Other -oint-Words in English

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Regarding the word form AROI NT, I am going to propose an etymological base for it in the group of French loanwords of the structure OI N + consonant. As far as verbal loans are concerned, the root -oint can either stand for the 3rd pers. sing. pres. ind. or for the past participle of Old French verbs of the type poindre ‘to pierce, prick; to sting, bite’ (AND: poindre), uindre, oindre ‘to anoint; to rub, smear’ (AND1: oindre). Apart from a short Bibliography, the Appendix contains a selection of illustrative material.
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