Monday, 19 August 2013

frugal and brook

The form *bhrūg- "agricultural produce, to enjoy (produce)" (perhaps derived from PIE *bhreu- "to cut") became Latin frug- "profit, utility, fruit", and frūgālis "frugal, economical, useful".

The form *bhrūg-wo- became Latin fruī "to enjoy", frūctus "enjoyment, produce" and English fruit.

In English, *bhrūg- became brūcan "to enjoy the use of, make use of, profit by". Nowadays this is found in expressions where it means "tolerate":
The General… could ill brook the opposition of his son. - Austen, Northanger Abbey
The derivation of brook the noun is unknown.

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