noche1 (1313-14)

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noche1 (1313-14)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 7,431a *osca; Gdf: ; GdfC: 9,760c hoche; TL: 1324 osche; DEAF: ; DMF:  osche; TLF: ; OED:  notch n.; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The nasal at the beginning of the word is believed to be the result of a lexicalized contraction of the ‘n’ from the indefinite article: une oche became une noche. This nasalized form is not found in Continental French and, according to the OED, only appears in English from the second half of the sixteenth century (as notche).


1notch, nick or incision made on a stick (as a means of keeping a tally)
( 1313-14 )  La cause est escrit sur la taille et par les noches put homme conustre la demande. Car s'il y eit plus mys (=on the tally) qe estre ne dust, joignez vostre contretaille et la faucez (=the false, incorrect one)  Ed II vii 35
( 1315 )  et mist avant un taille ensealé qe avoit .xvj. noches et suprascripcion contra talem de deners  Ed II xvii 179
enocher  oche 
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