View Single Post
Old 03-23-2016, 03:19 PM
Lemur866's Avatar
Lemur866 Lemur866 is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The Middle of Puget Sound
Posts: 22,239
Right. "Man" is the odd one, where English lost the word for "male person" and replaced it with the word for "person". Old English wer meant a male, so you have werwolf, man-wolf, or wergild, man-price. So we have wo-man meaning a female person, but we lost wer-man, meaning a male person, instead we have man, originally meaning a person but now only meaning a male person.