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»... what looks like an inherent plural ending ...« You think -en is a plural ending? No, it's not: Leben, Norden, Osten, Süden, Westen, Rahmen, Wagen, Zeichen, Morgen, Schaden, Garten, ... Nor is -sen an indicator for plural Wissen, Essen, Wesen, Rasen, Eisen, Felsen, Kissen, Besen, Tresen, Spesen, Fressen, Grinsen, ... Some of these words even are ...


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I am not a linguist, but the word Busen seems closely connected to an old word for lips (see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bosom). This word is still around in colloquial German with the word Bussi, meaning kiss. That could mean that Busen orginally connoted as something like "for the lips" or "to the lips" reflecting the act of feeding ...


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