[LMB] OT: Language changes

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Tue Sep 21 20:56:27 BST 2021


On Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:30:24 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
wrote:

>HOW far back are we talking about?  In early Latin, "puella" (girl) and
>"puer" (boy) were interchangeable, AFAICR, but I don't know about English.

"Girl" was any minor child, the word "boy", whose origin is unknown, was
a male servant in Middle English.  "Boy" gradually assumed its current
usage starting in the 15th century.
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