Where's were now?
August 25, 2011 4:15 PM Subscribe
Are there any other modern examples of "were" from the old english meaning "man" apart from "virility" and "werewolf"?
posted by fantasticninety to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes it's hard to find in a modern word the lineage from a much older usage of a word, but I've discovered that the were
in "werewolf" comes from old English meaning "man": so "werewolf" literally means "man-wolf".
Any other awesome examples in modern usage that come from this old version of the word "man"? Thanks!