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Old 05-23-2010   #1
 
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Eddies

Does anyone know why an eddy is called an eddy? This question keeps popping up on our shuttles and google does not seem to know the answer.

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eddy small whirlpool. XV (Sc. ydy). perh. of Scand. orig. (cf. ON. iǒa eddy, whirlpool); prob. f. base of OE. ed- again, back = OHG. et(a)-, ON. iǒ-, Goth. i then, but, rel. to L. et and, Gr. ti yet; cf. MHG. itwge flood, whirlpool (-wge corr. to OE. w̄ġ wave).

Main Entry: 1eddy
Pronunciation: \ˈe-dē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural eddies
Etymology: Middle English (Scots) ydy, probably from Old Norse itha
Date: 15th century
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