Re: **skivvies**

From: Glen Riddle (
Date: Sat Apr 04 1998 - 09:33:39 EST

I can't believe this "skivvies" thread has gone on so long and I still
don't have a decent etymology for the word! I studied classical Greek at
the University of Texas years ago under Gareth Morgan who is a most
delightful man and as brilliant in Greek--and Indo-European languages in
general--as our much esteemed Carl Conrad. I just remembered Gareth asking
years ago if I knew anything of the source of "skivvies". He noted the rare
nature of double v in English. So, I'm still waiting for this one: whether
boxers or briefs, I'd sure like to know the source.

Paul S. Dixon wrote:

> On Fri, 3 Apr 1998 00:54:10 -0500 Jim Beale <> writes:
> >At 11:14 AM -0500 4/1/98, Paul S. Dixon wrote:
> >
> >>>Why can't the nominatives "DEXIOTHS KAI NOOS" be the subject?
> >>
> >>NOOS is the genitive of NOUS. BAG has: NOUS, NOOS, NOI, NOUN.
> >>Consistent use in the NT bears this out.
> >>
> >>Taking NOUS as the genitive, I pretty much assumed DEXIOTHS was a
> >>genitive in parallel and with the -HS ending.
> >
> >Ack, you're absolutely right. I thought NOOS was nominative.
> >I didn't even bother to check it. Shame, shame... :-(
> >
> >Thanks!
> As the old saying goes, no NOOS is good news.
> Don't worry, I won't nominate this for pun of the year.
> Paul Dixon
> Say, did you and
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