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English

From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil (a distinction, discernment, knowledge), from Proto-Germanic *skilją (separation, limit), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- (to split, cut). Cognate with Danish skel (a separation, boundary, divide), Swedish skäl (reason), Dutch verschil (difference) and schillen (to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product, verb).