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Old 07-08-2007, 01:45 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by annc View Post
I wonder if there's some connection between 'onderterouw' and the English 'betrothal'?
Mmmm - could be.

"Ondertrouw" is a combination of "onder" (under) and "trouw"; "trouw" here is the root of the verb "trouwen", to marry (transitive and intransitive, as in English). But "trouw" also is an adjective (meaning faithful). Probably the closest with that root in English is "true" which also can mean faithful.

The root in "betrothal" is I think "troth" which looks a lot like "truth" which in its turn is of course related to "true".

So it seems to me there is indeed a link - but exactly how to draw the lines, I don't know.

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