WoUtNW

Apr. 17th, 2015 01:02 pm
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The WoUtNW is lunch.

Lunch is derived from lump, indicating that your lunch is a formless mass of some sort of (hopefully edible) substance. Or possibly it is derived from the Spanish word lonja meaning "slice" (but literally meaning "loin"). It seems that that form lunching predates lunch, and that this in turn may have been a corruption of luncheon (which obviously also survived). Luncheon may have been influenced by nuncheon, from Middle English nonechenche.

Nonechenche seems to be a combination of none, "noon", and schench, "drink", from Old English scenc derived from the verb scencan, "pour out", cognate with Old Frisian skenka, "to give to drink", and with the modern German/Dutch schenken, "to give."
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