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Post by Archived Topic » Mon Feb 01, 1999 12:00 am

I'm doing a research paper for my English class and I need to know the origin for the word "shoe". Also, I'd like to know when the first shoe was used.....or any info. on the beginning of "shoe-wearing". Please respond A.S.A.P.
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Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

Shoe comes from a Common Teutonic root, which can be found in the 'shoe-words' of various European languages. The immediate link is via Anglo-Saxon 'scóh'.
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