One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To say again, restate, repeat. Formerly also: †to say or utter in response, (figurative) to re-echo (obsolete).
2no object To speak again or further; †to answer (obsolete). Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet. From re- + speak.
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