Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on August 23, 1998 at 14:17:31:
In response to Some JA contemporaries, written by Hil on August 23, 1998 at 06:31:12
] This isn't strictly JA related, but I thought these might divert you as much as they did me with their resonances to things Austen. I got a book out of the library today called "Stipple, Wink, & Gusset", by James Cochrane (Century, 1992). Its about men and women who gave their names to history, and flipping through I came across these contemporaries of Jane Austen. (There are others, too .... Latrine, Lacrosse, Gusset, Wink, Fiasco, Duffel, Doldrum, Corset, Carousel, Cabriolet, Bogus, and Avocado to mention some.):
] [Marzipan, Botch]
I'm sorry to burst your illusions Hil, but these supposed etymologies from personal names do not agree with the OED etymologies (Marzipan/Marchpane attested in English beginning in 1494, and "Botch" first attested in 1382, and with its modern meaning in 1530), and they ring rather phony in this linguist's ears. And certainly "corset" and some of the other words above do not derive from proper names.
Not sure I want to be the one to tell you this, but I think "you bin haid", and that this book is an unfortunately totally historically unreliable jeux d'esprit, or in plain English, a hoax!
- 'Bin haid' Hil 16:26:32 8/23/98 (0)
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