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

Mitch Miller mitchmiller at entertainmenttax.com
Fri Mar 30 19:01:34 BST 2007


How about the La Brea Tar Pits?
	    the The Tar Tar Pits!

Mitch Miller

From: "tonyzbaraschuk at netzero.net" <tonyzbaraschuk at netzero.net>

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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.)
 
Tony Z
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