Re: Joining FoRK?

Robert Harley (
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 00:36:38 +0200 (MET DST)

>consider that the Old English word "gurle" (girl) originally referred
>to a young person of either gender; this was sufficiently ambiguous
>that boy came into more common use (etymology, anyone?)

Sure. From Old French "buie" or "boie" which meant chain. A boy was
someone who was chained i.e, a servant or possibly slave in England
after the Norman conquest (slavery had long since disappeared in