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Thread #65566 Message #3126336
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
01-Apr-11 - 12:55 PM
Thread Name: two verses in Dowie Dens O Yarrow (Janet Russell)
Subject: RE: two verses in Dowie Dens O Yarrow (Janet Russell)
I looked up 'brand' in my unabridged dictionary. Technically, the brand is the blade of a sword, but it's used poetically to refer to the entire sword.
It baffles me why the words for swords (brand, brandish) and the words for burning (brand, to brand) are linked etymologically.