Mercia
Posted: 21 December 2015 01:26 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Today I learned (probably not for the first time...) that the place name Mercia (Wikipedia) is from Old English Mierce or Myrce, meaning “border people” (cf. march ‘borderland’).  I thought that was interesting enough to post, and in addition I wanted to ask Dave about the quality of the Old English c here: should I be saying/thinking “MIR-keh” or “MIR-cheh”?

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Posted: 21 December 2015 02:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s the “ch” sound here. Myrce appears to be the more common spelling. The Mierce spelling seems to be restricted to one particular manuscript of the OE Chronicle.

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Posted: 21 December 2015 07:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks!

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