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Staff Y of the English Wordbook.

Basic abbreviations:

  • OE = Old English
  • ME = Middle English
  • PG = Or-theedish
  • SW = Swedish
  • Dan. = Danish
  • ON = Old Norse
  • NHG = New Hightheech
  • IC = Icelandish
  • H.IC = High Icelandish
  • Du. = Netherlandish
  • Fris. = Freesish

For a full list of etymological and other abbreviations used in these wordlists, see: Offshortenings.


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Chancery English Class Anglish/English
Attested Unattested
yahoo n - dimwit, lout, loggerhead
Yahweh n God, Lord -
yak n - shaggy-ox
yam n - sweet potato: sweet earthapple (cf. NHG sußkartoffel)

wild earthapple

yeti n snowman Snowdwell(er), runewight
Yggdrasil n - Eytreesile [Ey+tree+sile] (<ON Yggdrasil)
yogurt n - milkbrew (<OE meolcbrīw)
York n - Everwick
Yorkshire n - Everwickshire
yo-yo n - reelstringer