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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

January 13, 2006


Thanks to Rob for drawing this article to my attention.

Lucky they said old English and not Old English, because it actually didn't appear until the language had morphed into what we'd call Middle English. It was also found in a germanic prefix to verbs that we had that indicated the past participle, and the prefix is still present in modern german as "ge-".

But that's great. It directly parallels the thorn character ( þ ) being rendered in modern printing as a Y but which was pronounced as "th" as in "think", thus "ye olde tea shoppe" ought to be pronounced just the same as "the old tea shoppe".

Also interesting is that they say it is pronounced like the "ng" in "singer" rather than e.g. "mingle." My wife, being brought up in the North-West, pronounces all instances of "ng" as in "mingle" so the example will probably be lost on people from up there.


  • Interestingly, my own name is closely related to that Scottish Menzies name, but my name has ended up just finishing with the "nn" sound, rather than "ng".

    Funny old world. People in Scotland laugh at the likes of me for not being able to pronounce our names correctly, but then - according to the comments on the BBC artice - at least 50% of Scots pronounce "Menzies" with the modern Z sound.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 7:10 am  

  • these people need to grow up. it's a sure sign of affected would-be poshness.

    mind you, 'dog' is pronounced 'boogledoogleoompah'.

    By Blogger dog, at 9:06 am  

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