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Changes of meaning.
Old English derivations.
Old English affixes that we use now.
The Celtic, Latin, Scandinavian Influence on English language.-->Borrowings in English<Old English words that have undergone the meaning change in New English.
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(bring ill wishes upon) - I'd just keep on using "curse"

I curse thaim sleepand - you seem to have left out "I curse them sleeping"

"I curse them doing something" - he is cursing them, and every aspect of their lives. This is why it's the Great Curse - it is pretty comrehensive, don't you think?
Hello Mr Abbie and Mr P

Thank you for the suggestions. I took 'gangand' in "I curse thaim gangand" as an adverbial present participle phrase, because I thought in Old/Middle English present participle adjectives usually work as pre-modifiers. But it may be wrong. I too should admit the interpretation of yours sounds more natural contextually. It's a kind of surprise that the construct of 'objective + present participle' has so long a history as back as to early 16 century.

paco
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