[LMB] OT: Stupidly redundant placenames (was: Grace)

Phil Boswell phil.boswell at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 07:48:12 BST 2007


On 30/03/07, tonyzbaraschuk at netzero.net <tonyzbaraschuk at netzero.net> wrote:
> We are, of course, mere triflers compared to our ancestors in the Old World.
> Consider the British placename of Torpenhow Hill.
> "Tor" means "hill".
> "Pen" means "hill" (same root as the Italian Appenines, IIRC).
> And "howe" means "hill"
> So, "Hillhillhill Hill", from four languages back.
> (This brought to you courtesy of Steven Brust and the Phoenix Guards.  If you
> haven't read it and its footnotes yet, please do so immediately.)

That would be...(from memory)..."Bengloarafurd Ford"...right?
-- 
Phil


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