On Monday, October 7, 2002, at 01:00 AM, Lukas Novak wrote:
> Petri Tikka listed a number of nouns in _-nde_; see:
> Would _loende_ also fit in?
I think that is rather _loa_ + _ende_ "middle of the (solar) year".
Cf. LR:(part 3)486 "The first day [of the year "_loa_"] was called
_yestare_, the middle day (183rd) _loende_, and the last day _mettare_".
Two _enderi_ "middle days" were substituted at regular intervals. I
think that makes it clear that we have words containing _ende_ "middle"
[Petri's list of nouns in _-nde_ also includes _Therinde_ 'Needlewoman'
(XII:333), in which _-inde_ is perhaps more likely a feminine counter-
part of the masculine agentive _-indo_, as in _Cormacolindor_ 'Ring-
bearers' (LR:932). If this is the case, then _*ther-_ would be a verbal
stem, probably meaning 'sew, embroider'. This in turn could be related
to the root TER- (extended form TERES-) 'pierce', whence Q. _tere_,
_ter_ 'through', so that THER- literally = *'pierce through with a needle'.
The _Etymologies_ gives an example of related roots in T- and TH-:
THIN- (whence Q. _sinde_ 'grey') and TIN- 'sparkle, emit slender (silver,
pale) beams', the latter said to be a "variant of (?) and in any case af-
fected by THIN". -- Patrick Wynne]