To bless : etymology ?

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willi:
What is the etymology of "to bless" And by the way where on the net can I find current etymologies Thanks
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Enrico C:
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[nq:1]What is the etymology of "to bless"[/nq]
(Old English blçtsian , from a prehistoric Germanic base that also produced English bleed and blood; the original sense seems to have been ´to mark with blood¡)

http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/bless.html
[nq:1]And by the way where on the net can I find current etymologies[/nq]
Wordorigins.org http://www.wordorigins.org /

Online Etimology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com /

The Phrase Finder - Meanings and Origins of Phrases, sayings, cliches and quotes http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/meanings/index.html

Encarta MSN Dictionary http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/dictionaryhome.aspx

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 10th Edition http://www.m-w.com

-- Enrico C
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willi:
Thank you very much

Do you think it would be too much a joke to do a relation,through the idea of blood, between "to bless" and the French "blessure" (wound), coming from "blettjan" and "bleizza" (ecchymosis) It is said (dictionnaire historique Robert) that these words gave the anglo-saxon "blate" (pale) but nothing is said of "bless"

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[nq:1](Old English blçtsian , from a prehistoric Germanic base that also produced English bleed and blood; the original sense seems to have been ´to mark with blood¡)[/nq]
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