Monday, October 17, 2011

Consulting Peter von Danzig

In German medieval swordplay, nachschlagen means striking after, a blow that follows the first bind. In modern German it means to look up, refer to, or consult. I suspect the etymology travels from following up in swordplay to following up a question.

It can also mean a grace note in music.

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Steve Muhlberger said...