Language generalists will most likely know that English has a Germanic foundation, even if students struggle to see the likeness as they plough through German relative clauses tables.

On the surface the two languages are distinct but here’s an example of subtle similarities in vocab. Cruising thefreedictionary reveals this:

nigh (naɪ)

adv., adj. nigh•er, nigh•est,
prep., v. adv.

1. near in space, time, or relation.
2. nearly; almost (often fol. by on or onto).


3. near; approaching.
4. short or direct.
5. (of an animal or vehicle) being on the left side.


6. near.

v.i., v.t.

7. Archaic. approach.
[before 900; Middle English nigh(e)neye, Old English nēah, nēh, c. Old Frisian nēi, nī, Old Saxon, Old High German nāh (German nahe), Old Norse nā-, Gothic nehwa
A rich history indeed – 1,200 years ago, people in Saxony, Belgium and England were saying Nah, Nei and Neah to our Nigh. Wonder what the inside word was down near the stables?

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