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Posted: 01 June 2007 01:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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The usually accepted origin for the area of London called “Elephant and Castle” (actually just the immediate area of a crossroad and now a roundabout) is that the “castle” refers to the howdah, a seat/platform placed on elephants by hunters.  The site of the inn/pub (still there) used to be a smithy that made cutlery, and the sign for the cutlers craft guild used an image of an Elephant and howdah from the use of ivory for cutlery handles.

See
http://www.worldwidewords.org

for more detail and a dismantling of the “infanta” idea.

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Posted: 01 June 2007 06:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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In case you’re wondering (as I did), why the good people of London don’ t know a howdah from a howdy-do:
The Worshipful Company of Cutlers

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Posted: 01 June 2007 06:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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… extremely worried that she’s missed something yet again ...

but what is that all about?

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