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Posted: 06 February 2012 06:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Just to remark that Hereford, pronounced the Rightpondian way or written, is a perfectly comprehensible Old English phrase meaning ‘army ford’.  After well over a millennium of use, and all the impact of Norman French and Latin, any Anglo-Saxon would instantly understand it.
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Really? They’d understand /he’ rə fəd/ instantly?

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Posted: 06 February 2012 11:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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OP Tipping - 06 February 2012 06:32 PM
… and all the impact of Norman French and Latin…
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Surely “here” in hereford is related to Scandinavian här (army), rather than Norman French or Latin?

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Posted: 07 February 2012 12:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Surely so. I believe SL’s point was that _despite_ the impact of the Romance languages, this A-S word remained more or less the same.

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Posted: 08 February 2012 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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You’re doubtless right, OP. I read the less suitable sense…

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Posted: 08 February 2012 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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What’s interesting is not that it “survived” the influx of Romance words. Place names are generally impervious to such things. The interesting thing is that it survived the Great Vowel Shift, which is (probably) unconnected to Romance influence) largely intact.

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Posted: 13 February 2012 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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More imdb.com silliness: I just looked up the movie MASH and found it described as a “cult” movie.

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Posted: 13 February 2012 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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That’s the third MASH reference I’ve seen here today

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Posted: 13 February 2012 05:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Well, my two are related. I was double checking Lt. Dish and ran across the “cult” reference. (And Joanne Pflug as Lt. Dish is well worth double checking.) But I disavow all responsibility for “brown gobbets.”

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