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For the frequentative stem in the modern Ethiopian languages, see Leslau 1939.
The origin is given as a frequentative of waft, meaning 'wave, move to and fro, flap', from north ME waffe, 'wave, blow' a variant of English wave.
"What cerebration accompanied his frequentative act?"
Ransackle took a -le suffix because it was a frequentative. To ransackle was 'to ransack often,' just as to suckle was 'to suck repeatedly' and to sparkle was 'to spark again and again.'
What we are given is a process in the frequentative mode.
Like Keats after him, Ovid uses adverbs of recurrence to suggest a frequentative ritual:
In a later place he also discusses the word `spark' commenting `by adding le, it is made the Frequentative to Sparkle, which is to continue to send out little Particles of Fire, and to disperse them about .
On we go, discovering that wriggle, allied to the Middle English wrikken, "to twist to and fro" is also related to the Dutch wriggelen, to wriggle, which itself is a frequentative (whatever that is) of wrikken, "to move or stir to and fro." Alfred J.
Indeed, it leads to two catastrophes for mankind: (i) the paradoxical subservience of Heracles to Eurystheus (the better mortal to the worse), the continuance of which is emphasised by the frequentative verb [GREEK TEXT OMITTED] (v.
Abbreviations Abbreviation Explanation 1 1st person 2 2nd person 3 3rd person ADJ adjectiviser ADV adverbiliser CAR caritive CONJ conjunctive DEF definite DIM diminutive ELA elative ENCL enclitic FREQ frequentative GEN genitive ILL illative INE inessive INF infinitive IMP imperative LAT lative NEG negative NOM nominaliser PASS passive PL plural PST past PTCP participle REFL reflexive SG singular TRA translative References to corpora