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Re: Bunty.

From:And Rosta <and.rosta@...>
Date:Friday, June 20, 2008, 10:01
Lars Finsen, On 19/06/2008 17:10:
> Hi, > I have a question for experts in English language history. If Old > English had acquired a loan-word /bunty/, what should we expect as the > outcome in later English? Bounty /baunti/? > > I am thinking of Bunty as an old name for my conworld, from Suraetua bun > = copper + ty = land. If a land north of Scotland later were known as > Bountyland, it might attract a lot of immigration, I guess.
Are you simply trying to find out what the modern outcome of an OE _bunty_ wd be, or are you trying to find out what OE form cd have given ModE _bounty_, perhaps with the idea that the common noun _bounty_ does not in fact come, via French, from Latin _bonitas_? Maybe _bounty_ truly did come from _bonitas_, and it influenced _Bounty(land)_ by a kind of folk-etymology, if _Bountyland_ is reputed to be a land of plenty or of rich ores? --And.


Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>