[Bards] Is "dumb" period?

Lady Simone simone at elfsea.net
Fri Nov 15 00:43:29 PST 2002

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German tumb
Date: before 12th century

I think by the 1500's the term adjusted to carry much of the same meaning as
it has today.

Alternate single sylable words for dumb:  mute; mum; dense; dull; thick

hope this helps

Lady (Simone) Muirenn ingen Senáin uí Dúnlaing

> In late period usage (late 16th centaury) was the word "dumb" used to
refer to
> someone that was silly or dim-witted, or was it only used to mean mute?
> not, what would be a good, one-syllable period alternative.  The sentance
> reads, "... His dumb brother"
> I am going to try to find the word used in a primary source for my
> documentation, but if anyone knows the answer to my question already, I
> appreciate the advice.
> Lyrically yours,
> Kovac Miklos
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