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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FATHER

Do you mean that my father was mixed up like those old Indians?

Unlike Mlle. Higbee, she has not the father from Chicago nor elsewhere.

The Milbreys, father and son, came up and greeted the group on the piazza.

"In truth, my father, I wished to avoid the pain of parting," rejoined Philæmon.

Ask the young noble, who has been to him as a father; and his response will be 'Anaxagoras.'

When he came, Paralus looked upon him with a smile of recognition, and said, "My father!"

For some time after the interview with his father, Paralus remained very wakeful.

Her father rode by her side, and a numerous train of attendants followed.

His spirit yearned after his father, and his heart was sick for his forest home.

"I told your father that this morning," and he resumed his writing.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fæder "father, male ancestor," from Proto-Germanic *fader (cf. Old Saxon fadar, Old Frisian feder, Dutch vader, Old Norse faðir, Old High German fater, German vater), from PIE *pəter (cf. Sanskrit pitar-, Greek pater, Latin pater, Old Persian pita, Old Irish athir "father"), presumably from baby-speak sound like pa.

The classic example of Grimm's Law, where PIE "p-" becomes Germanic "f-." Spelling with -th- (15c.) reflects widespread phonetic shift in Middle English that turned -der to -ther in many words; spelling caught up to pronunciation in 1500s (cf. burden, murder).

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