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Mia-Marie Hammarlin

scandalum and Greek skándalon and made its way into Early Middle English (scandle, scha(u)ndle) by way of the Old Northern French escandle (OED online, s.n. scandal; see also Allern & Pollack 2012b:11). Going even further back in time, the word was used metaphorically in early versions of the Old Testament in order to represent a trap or an obstacle on the way – such as a boulder or a stream that prevented or hindered passage – in order to test the faith of an enemy (Hellquist 1922:727). Eventually the religious meaning of the word weakened, and in time it was replaced by

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