Word Origin & History
O.E. me þyncð "it seems to me," from me, dat. of I, + þyncð, third pers. sing. of þyncan "to seem," reflecting the O.E. distinction between þyncan "to seem" and related þencan "to think," which bedevils modern students of the language (see
). The two words were constantly confused, then finally merged, in M.E.