Dennis King <wrote:
>> I'm going to see what I can find in a short time using eDIL and
>> various keywords (stupid, silly, strong, brave, etc.).
>under "stupid, silly":
This surprised me, since Oskar is a name used by the Swedish kings. I
looked it up in DIL and found --
"oscar...an outsider, a new-comer or stranger: don baíth nó dond oscar (gl.
idiotae, I Cor. xiv 16); 'the ignorant one' Thes., but probably an alternative
explanation 'the outsider' i.e. unbeliever, cf idiotae aut infideles, I Cor. xiv
23....'a lay or non-professional person; an unskilled or ignorant person'...'a foe,
enemy'...in late poetry 'a warrior, hero'...
I wonder if it meant 'stupid' in the sense of someone lacking in common
sense or intelligence or if it referred to a stranger who was unfamiliar with
And how did it get the meaning 'warrior, hero' ?
There is also an entry for the personal name
"Oscar...(same word as preceding? or < os-car 'deer-loving'?" Liz