For my AP English class, we have to write a 20 page paper on the orgin of one word. What is the orgin of the word "flow"?
Well, use a large pitch, triple space, use big words, long sentence constructions, and repeat yourself a lot. 20 pages?! Anyway, here's Webster's:

"Flow" etymology: Middle English, from Old English flOwan; akin to Old High German flouwen to rinse, wash, Latin pluere to rain, Greek plein to sail, float

It might be interesting to trace "flood" as well:

"Flood" etymology: Middle English, from Old English flOd; akin to Old High German fluot flood, Old English flOwan to flow

Lewis Joplin II
FLOW - "OE (Old English). The prehistoric Indo-European *pleu-, ancestor of a heterogeneous range of English vocabulary, from fleet to plover, denoted 'flow, float.' It had a variant form *plo-, which passed into Germanic as *flo-. This formed the basis of the Old English verb flowan (whence modern English 'flow') and also of flood. fleet, fowl, plover, pluvial." From the "Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words" by John Ayto (Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990). Page 223.

FLOW - "Old English 'flowan' (before 830; earlier 'fleow' past tense, probably about 750); cognate with Middle Low German 'vloien' to flow; Middle Dutch 'vloyen' (modern Dutch 'vloeijen'), Old High German 'floouwen' to wash, rinse, and Old Icelandic 'floa' to flow; flood." From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995). Page 289.

Frank Pierce
Now the real magic here is to take both AdSumAd's and Lewis's excellent responses, combine them and hufficate them into twenty pages.

The English language is a wonderful thing!

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