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comment Etymology of 'patch' in the verb 'dispatch'
@Jim, you could probably submit your comment as a full fledged answer. I can see the same semantic path explained in the French etymology of dépêcher. The meaning of 'to rapidly send in the afterworld' is well attested in French as well. As an aside, the semantic evolution went even one step further in French since its main meaning is now that of 'to hurry'.
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reviewed Reject “Liberty” versus “freedom”
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comment Dropped the pen and threw up the sponge
@Mari-LouA, Thanks, duly updated.
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revised Dropped the pen and threw up the sponge
Updated dead link with more permanent one. Thanks to Mari-Lou's comment.
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comment Can I describe time as “organic”?
circadian?
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comment Origin of irregular ending “-ught” for past simple and participle
Catch → caught is a little bit different from the other strong verbs you cite. It actually comes from Old French chacier (Modern French chasser which also produced to chase). The past participle used to be catched but later evolved into caught for some reason. I can't see any influence of other verbs with the same ending: matched, patched, attached are all regular.
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revised An Englishman has to be quiet when an Irishman talks
quite => quiet
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revised Synonym for subscribe
"Synonim" made me cringe
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comment What is a toit?
Also remember that in Elizabeth's time, there were two kinds of dances: basse dance (when feet stayed on the ground) and haute dance when dancers jumped. See for instance la volta wikipedia: renaissance dances.
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