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The Anglo-Saxons called this ordinal other; what did the Anglo-Normans call it?




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Answer: second

The Anglo-Saxon ordinals were: first, other, third, etc. The ordinal other was replaced by the Norman-French ordinal second because the word other had other uses.

Note: I believe that this might be a false etymology. I got it from a language book but have not found any source that can back up the story. If anyone knows anything, please pass it on.

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