Cake: Old Norse origin, more modern Scottish meaning

Words about words M. MICHAEL BRADY Asker, Norway The word cake comes from the Middle English word kake, which in turn most likely came from the Old Norse feminine gender word kaka, the root of the modern Danish word kage and the modern Swedish word kaka, perhaps via the Old Teutonic word kakâ. It first appeared in English in 1230 in the Hali Meidenhad (literally “Holy Maidenhood”), an alliterative homily of the 13th century, extant in two manuscripts, one in the British Library in London and one in the Oxford University Bodleian Library. Knowledge of the texts of those two manuscripts spread slowly throughout what is now the United Kingdom of four constituent nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. In Scotland, at the northern end
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M. Michael Brady

M. Michael Brady was born, raised, and educated as a scientist in the United States. After relocating to the Oslo area, he turned to writing and translating. In Norway, he is now classified as a bilingual dual national.

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