craig at agantavas.org
Sat Oct 9 15:46:38 IST 2010
Whatever the origin, there's no real doubt that the word was adopted
into Cornish. William Borlase had only the diminutive: kistan (box),
so I assume that Kist is "chest" (big box, not anatomical).
On 9 Hed 2010, at 15:34, nicholas williams wrote:
> Surely the word is ultimately the Latin cista, Greek kiste.
> On 2010 Hed 9, at 15:30, Michael Everson wrote:
>> On 9 Oct 2010, at 21:14, nicholas williams wrote:
>>> Where did the antiquarians get the word from?
>>> If they saw it written <kist> they would have pronounced it short.
>>> For it to have a long vowel it would have had to be written <keest>.
>> Kist is a word used in the North and in Scotland. OED:
>> [Northern form of CHEST n.1; either directly from Scandinavian, or
>> owing its form to Norse influence; cf. ON.kista, Sw. kista, Da.
>> kiste; also Du. kist, Ger. kiste. With the various senses, cf.
>> CHEST 1, 3, 4, 5.]
>> 1.a. A chest, box, coffer. (In Sc. the specific term for a
>> servant's trunk.)
>> c1300 Havelok 2018 Al þat he milhen [= hy mihten] fynde Of hise, in
>> arke or in kiste.
>> 13.. E.E. Allit. P. C. 159 Ouerborde bale to kest,..Her kysttes &
>> her coferes.
>> c1420 Sir Amadace (Camden) xliv, Kistes and cofurs bothe ther
>> stode,..fulle of gold precius and gode.
>> 1535 STEWART Cron. Scot. II. 21 All tha buikis tha kist hes brocht
>> b. Applied to the ‘ark’ of bulrushes in which Moses was placed; and
>> to Noah's ark. Obs.
>> a1300 Cursor M. 5614-17 (Cott.) A rescen [MS. An esscen] kyst
>> [Gött. a kist of rises] sco did be wroght,..In þis kist þe barn sco
>> 13.. E.E. Allit. P. B. 449 ‘Now Noe’, quoth oure lorde, ‘..Hatz þou
>> closed þy kyst with clay alle aboute?’
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