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Re: Reposting and Riposting

Poster: James and/or Nancy Gilly <KatieMorag@worldnet.att.net>

At 19:23 6-11-97 +0000, Landi wrote:
>> Would Jokul be pronounced as Yokel?  Is that the root for the word we use
>> for a country bumpkin?
>> Ginevra
>> (Hoping that this is not the start of another ridiculous side thread.)
>   Well, "Yokel" is at least a fairly close approximation of the
>pronunciation (about as close as "repost" and "riposte" anyway :-) 
>which is why I chose it...
>   UVA's online OED says for "yokel" -- [Of uncertain origin. Perh. 
>a fig.  application of dial. _yokel_ (1) green woodpecker, (2) 
>yellow-hammer.] and lists the first recorded use as 1812.
>   "Jokul", it would seem, is more closely related to "ickle" 
>(dialect form of "icicle", indeed the Old Norse (if I'm reading
>the abbreviations correctly) for "icicle" is "jokull") and 
>citations date back to 700.
>   Which actually does provide a starting point for another ridiculous
>side thread, but I'll forbear...  :-)

I don't have an atlas handy to check, but aren't all those glaciers up in
Iceland named "Something-or-other-jokull" (with, I think, a slash through
the "o")?

Alasdair mac Iain

James and/or Nancy Gilly


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