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On Sun, 9 Apr 1995 Hggerald@aol.com wrote:
> Good day,
> Lord Istvan inquires whether Walachia derives from the same root as
> Wales. I think it is probable. The root of Wales is Old Teutonic *walxo-z
> (according to my handy pocket OED) which means 'foreigner or celtic.' It is
> also the root for the word ''walnut' which was formerly not wall-nut, but
> rather wa(e)lsh-nut -- those nuts from elsewhere.
My thanks, milord, for your reply. Apparently, the people of that region
were called the Vlachs, although I don't recall if that was a name the
Romans gave them, or it was a term the Dacians (the original people of
that land) gave to the Romans when they settled in that part of the Balkans.
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