etymology of Sp. usted

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages, and Linguistics (EHL)' started by skarphéðinn, Dec 18, 2007.

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  1. skarphéðinn

    skarphéðinn Senior Member

    I am relatively new to the forum discussion circle, so I apologize if this opens old wounds about folk etymologies from Arabic into Spanish.

    I would greatly appreciate if any of you could either point to a previous thread dealing with the topic or suggest serious scholarship about a possible Arabic origin for the pronoun usted. In many dialects the Ar. usted (apologies if I mistranscribed it) means teacher or some form of authority figure, I have heard the suggestion that it may have migrated into Sp. by contact, but found very little to substantiate the claim. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    And, yes, I know everything about the supposed evolution from the Vuestra Merced form, so please do not address that side of the question.

    many thanks
  2. Frank06

    Frank06 Senior Member

    Nederlands / Dutch (Belgium)
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