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October 10, 2011


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I thought "alack" would have a shared etymology with "alas"; I suppose because of the similarity of form and of meaning, and perhaps also because they appear in the phrase "Alas and alack" (and in the verse which I find is from De La Mare which starts 'Ann, Ann! Come! Quick as you can! There's a fish that talks In the frying-pan!').

But according to the OED, the origins of alas and of alack are thought to be quite different.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, Picky. Yes, you're right. Alack has a Germanic root and is based on the word 'lack' meaning fault or failing. Alas is from French and is based on the word 'las' meaning weary.

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