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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vanuatu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 08:01
late (adj.) Look up late at Dictionary.comOld English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cognates: Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cognates: Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).

The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.

What do you know about "Proto Germanic"? When does it become Germanic proper?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote franciscosan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 11:43
All I really know is what is there on wikipedia.  Proto-German is a 'theoretical' language in that there are no written examples of it, it something that scholars reconstruct using words in 'daughter' languages, modified to represent the words in the 'parent' language, changing it according to how they think language evolves.  McWhorter in the Great Courses has a good course on linguistics, but he doesn't discuss Proto-German directly.
Proto-German comes from Indo-European which is also 'theoretical,' Proto-German's daughter languages include German, English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroes, Gothic and, presumably, others. 
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Quote Yes but kings ruled by divine right and few questioned it.  Was it a conspiracy?  I suspect that at least the other kings question the divine rights of their rivals.

It was divine right if you got the throne. Rivalry had nothing to do with it nor was it any more a conspiracy beyond personal ambition.

Quote If a commoner however questioned those rights it was off with their heads so yes it was a conspiracy to maintain the social order through open deceit.

No, it was a simple matter of enforcing social status and privilege, very common in historical societies. Our own penchant for equality and fairness is somewhat new to the human experience and not entirely successful.

Quote It isn't so much that we can't identify the conspirators but the conspiracy is often hard to see even when it is in plain sight. 

That's just paranoia.
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