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    Bewonder?

    Hi there

    I saw a press conference with the Danish Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State, where the Danish Minister said:

    "I have always been a great bewonder of American culture." (btw do you English speakers understand the meaning of it?)

    Which of course in proper English is baloney. But then I heard that "bewonder" could be used as a verb meaning the same as "admire". So is that true? And would you understand if I used it?

    For instance:
    "I have always bewondered his footballing skills!"

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    Re: Bewonder?

    Bewonder is not in my dictionary and just typing it here activates the spell-check.
    Maybe back when the Vikings were sailing the seas, bewonder was a word in current use, but I have not heard it in my lifetime.

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    Re: Bewonder?

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    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Dictionary.com says that "bewonder" is an obsolete verb meaning "to fill with

    wonder" or "to wonder at."

    (2) I went to the Google "books" section and found many older references, such as:

    "It is a Thing to be bewonder'd at." -- The Pilgrim's Progress (1755), John Bunyan.

    (When I was a child, many of us read that book.)

    "I bewonder at thy impatience." -- All the Year Round (1878), Charles Dickens.

    (3) While reading the examples, I noticed that the word appears in a foreign language

    which I think (repeat: "think") is Dutch. If I am not mistaken, your extremely beautiful

    and delightful country of Denmark is near the Netherlands.

    (4) Thank you for teaching me a new word.

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    Re: Bewonder?

    Whilst bewonder is listed in some dictionaries (not all of which state that it is obsolete), it is only shown as a verb, never as a noun as it appears in post #1.

    Rover

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    Re: Bewonder?

    Even then, the|Danish Foreign Minister should have said 'I have always been a bewonderer...'

    There are lots of be-<verb> verbs that are less archaic - such as 'behold' (less archaic, but still pretty mannered), 'beware'*, etc. Possibly these words have roots in Old Norse, and there are several faux amis of this kind in Danish.

    b
    PS *Dodgy example, I think, as the 'ware' bit looks Romance to me.

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    Re: Bewonder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Whilst bewonder is listed in some dictionaries (not all of which state that it is obsolete), it is only shown as a verb, never as a noun as it appears in post #1.

    Rover
    That is also why I pointed to the fact that, the sentence where bewonder is used as a noun, is baloney...

    But thanks a lot for the responses, as always you guys are just great, I truly bewonder you! :D

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