• Language & Lingusitics

    Redundant Place Names

    Steve, of Language Hat, in reference to Torpenhow, pointed me to an earlier post of his about redundant place names like that of “‘the Paraguay River’ etymologically means ‘the river river river’.” Steve’s comment of course made me think of the La Brea Tar Pits, or, as my spouse likes to call them “the the Tar Tar Pits.” Buy me a Coffee! If you find this post or this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

  • Language & Lingusitics


    David Chess of the very readable Chess Log writes (at the bottom of a long entry): Placename o’ the day: “Torpenhow Hill”. “Tor”, “Pen”, and “Howe” all mean “Hill”, so the name means “Hill Hill Hill Hill”. *8) Tor, pen, and howe aren’t exact synonyms. A tor is a specific geographic feature, a high peaked hill, Glastonbury Tor is the best known one. Torpenhow is a village in Cumbria, set on a high hill. Tor is often used to refer to a rocky outcrop on top of a hill, and it’s not unusual for the outcrop to really be a pile of stones put there in earlier times. The American…

  • Conferences

    Irish and Celtic Studies Conferences

    The GRIAN conference at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, March 7 through 9, 2003, is focusing on “Irish Studies: Forged/Forging Youth”. The 25th Annual University of California Celtic Studies Conference (also the annual CSANA meeting) will take place April 3-6, 200 at the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Detail from Hans Memling Annunciatior showing a "book light"
    Conferences,  History,  Medieval manuscripts

    Lighting the Spark: The Medieval Itty-Bitty Book Light

    At the request of Janice Safran and Heather Blatt I’m posting this small detail from the Annunciation of 1465-75 produced by the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden in Brussels, Belgium — possibly by Hans Memling— and in the collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sifran and Blatt are interested in hearing from anyone who’s seen a similar object in other images or heard one described in writing. They are presenting a paper on “Lighting the Spark: The Medieval Itty-Bitty Book Light” and are in hopes of locating similar images. They have already explored The Annunciation from the left wing of the Dijon Altarpiece (1393-99) by Melchior…

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