by Richard Brookhiser

David Hackett Fischer (Albion’s Seed) claims that aks was used by white Tidewater southerners in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, brought from their southern English homeland. The OED says that the Angl0-Saxon form of the verb was acsian. This doesn’t effect any judgments of its import today, it only shows the long roller coaster history words can have.

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