\ \ [16] Gale is a puzzling word. An isolated early example of what appears to be the word, in the phrase gale wind (‘Our life like smoke or chaff is carried away as with a gale wind’, Zachary Boyd, The Last Battle 1619), suggests that it may originally have been an adjective. If this is so, a possible candidate as a source may be Norwegian galenbad’ – making gale etymologically a ‘bad wind’. The Norwegian adjective in turn may go back to Old Norse galinnbewitched, enchanted’, a derivative of galosing, bewitch, enchant’ (source of English yell and related to the final syllable of nightingale).

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