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07 February 2008 @ 05:10 pm
fun with etymology!  
Oxford University Press has a blog, which features a weekly etymology column, and this particular entry is about the relationships between the words "rob" and "robe":

http://blog.oup.com/2008/02/rob/

What's particularly interesting about this, for me, is that the opposite thing seems to happen in the story of Nicholas Jennings (in Thomas Harman's A Caveat for Common Cursitors). His clothing, rather than his nakedness (which does feature in the story), is what's related to his thievery. Both nakedness and the display of his various disguises, though, are used as ways of discovering the truth at various points...

Anyway. I'll have to think more about this (particularly given Harman's defensive etymology in the epistle to the reader), but it's interesting.