Anders wrote:What would 'hatan' sound like today if the word existed?
Ead_Gar wrote:Thanks so much for your answers! Apparently, the Old English "hatan" also gave us the "*-hest" in Modern English "behest." In fact, it was a short while after making my original post, while I was trying to fall asleep, that I had an aha moment and thought "behest" might be related somehow. I looked it up in my copy of Skeat's "Dictionary of English Etymology," and sure enough it was, which led me also to "hight." According to Skeat, "hight" is the only English verb that is passive by default. Interesting stuff.
goofy wrote:Ead_Gar wrote:hest isn't derived from hatan - hest developed from an early form *hait-ti-, the noun form of the verb *haitan.
danniebenedi wrote:I have a question: In most languages I know, you ask someone their name by saying, essentially, 'What do you call yourself' or 'What are you called', or even 'How are you called'.
Why in English is it directly 'What is your name'?
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