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I'm curious if there's any cases of a word that originated in English (didn't come from a foreign source) replacing another word in every day usage?

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Do you mean a word that originated in English and that replaced another word that originated in a foreign language? –  kiamlaluno Feb 3 '11 at 20:29
    
Both foreign and native origin for the original word would be fine. –  Joshua Rodgers Feb 3 '11 at 21:05

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One example: Old English lið has been replaced by limb, both of native origin. This Wikipedia page has a bunch of such examples of obsolete words, though most of the replacement words are from other languages.

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Thanks, exactly what I was looking for. –  Joshua Rodgers Feb 3 '11 at 21:05

Something like thou? You is the form which has replaced the archaic thou.

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Not so. Thou remains the second person singular-familiar. You is the second person formal or plural. –  Theresa yesterday
    
Thou remains? What kind of archaic dialect do you speak? –  curiousdannii yesterday
    
I, personally, do not use "thou" in ordinary speech. Members of my father's family still use it, just within the family. "What thinkest thou?" They are/were Friends (Quakers) and the family came from Yorkshire. "You" may have replaced "ye", "thou" has a separate use. –  Theresa yesterday

The word withershins is rarely used anymore, it is the same as counter-clockwise or anti-clockwise, both with Latinate origin, both still English words.

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More commonly spelled widdershins, when it does appear... –  MT_Head yesterday

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