Archaic said: the past tense, followed by a subject in the first or third person, and taking as its object the words being repeated
Origin of quothMiddle English quath ; from Old English cwæth, preterit of cwethan, to speak, say, akin to Gothic quithan, to say
Uttered; said. Used only in the first and third persons, with the subject following: “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore!’” (Edgar Allan Poe).
Origin of quothMiddle English, from Old English cw&aemac;th, third person sing. past tense of cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.