The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25031   Message #290617
Posted By: Amos
04-Sep-00 - 02:31 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Bird in Gilded Cage (Lamb & von Tilzer)
Subject: RE: Bird in Gilded Cage--When?
Guild (a trade group) is sometimes spelled gild. But gilt and guild (I believe) are two entirely different roots...gild derives from the Old English gyldan, while guild comes from a Norse word for payment, gildi. They do seem conceptually close, though -- until you learnt hat the archaic use of "gild" meant "to smear with blood". Do we really want to know?....