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Re: The Need for Debate

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:21
Steg Belsky scripsit:

> York comes from Norse "Jorvik"? I thought it came from Latin > "Eboricum" or something like that...
"Eboracum", yes, and before that from some Celtic name. But the Old English name was "Eoforwic", a case of folk etymology -- the meaningless Latin name was reinterpreted as "Wild-boar-town". If the name had descended unchanged, it would have come out Everwich, or something of the sort -- but when the Danes took over they simplified "Eofor-" to "Jor-" and replaced the ending with their cognate form "-vik". "York" is a further reduced descendant. -- Only do what only you can do. John Cowan <jcowan@...> --Edsger W. Dijkstra's advice to a student in search of a thesis


Joe <joe@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>From Eburacon to York (Re: The Need for Debate)