My Whit’s End Book Club–The Education of Little Tree–“I Kin Ye, Bonnie Bee” 5

I hope you laughed during this chapter.  Exactly who was the clown, though?  The Old Cherokee or the Lady in the Big Car. 


“. . .Granma didn’t want to get into the word business.  She had never, for example, got the words “knowed” and “throwed” disentangled with Granpa.  He said that “knew” was something you got which nobody had ever used, and that the word, therefore, was “knowed.”  And he said “threw”was how you got from on side of a door to the other side, and therefore it was “throwed.”  He wouldn’t budge on it, as what he said made sense.”–We are currently studying this in school.  I love the explanation.

What is the etymology of the word “kin”?  I couldn’t find any referenced articles that said “kin” originally meant “loved folks” and then changed to relative.  It seems to come from Anglo-Saxon word “cyn” that meant race or people.  At least, that is the simple explanation.  There is also the suffix “kin” as in chic-kin and  bump-kin. 

The following link is about the suffix “kin”.  Not easy reading, but interesting to me.

Derivatives of the word “kin”.  From Wicktionary.

I just want to make it real-clear here.  I kin all ya’ll–kin or not.


P.S.  If you have any references that show “kin” originally meant “loved folks”, I’d love to read the link or book or article.

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4 Responses to My Whit’s End Book Club–The Education of Little Tree–“I Kin Ye, Bonnie Bee” 5

  1. Bel McCoy says:

    Seems “ken” meant known?? Kin is a relative?? like kiss’n kin??


    • I think the expression is “kith and kin”. When I read the book, I saw somewhere that to kin/ken someone meant to know them so deeply that you love them. I can’t find that reference anymore. Loved the book even though the author had a questionable past.


  2. Bel McCoy says:

    Guess I best get the book from the library…. sounds like my in laws speech.


  3. Penny says:

    Yes, “ken” was an old Scottish word that meant “know”. I like that explanation (even if it’s not the right one!).


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