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Notes and Queries, Number 194, July 16, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc   By:

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Transcriber's note: A few typographical errors have been corrected: they are listed at the end of the text.




"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

No. 194.] SATURDAY, JULY 16. 1853.. [With Index, price 10d.. Stamped Edition 11d.


NOTES: Page Derivation of the Word "Island" 49 Weather Rules, by Edward Peacock 50 On the modern Practice of assuming Arms 50 Morlee and Lovel, by L. B. Larking 51 Shakspeare Correspondence, by Robert Rawlinson and John Macray 51 Unpublished Letter 53

MINOR NOTES: Lines on the Institution of the Order of the Garter Old Ship The Letter "h" in "humble" "The Angels' Whisper" Pronunciation of Coke The Advice supposed to have been given to Julius III. 53

QUERIES: Bishop Gardiner "De Vera Obedientiâ" 54

MINOR QUERIES: Lord Byron Curious Custom of ringing Bells for the Dead Unpublished Essay by Lamb Peculiar Ornament in Crosthwaite Church Cromwell's Portrait Governor Brooks Old Books The Privileges of the See of Canterbury Heraldic Colour pertaining to Ireland Descendants of Judas Iscariot Parish Clerks and Politics "Virgin Wife and widowed Maid" "Cutting off the little Heads of Light" Medal of Sir Robert Walpole La Fête des Chaudrons Who first thought of Table turning? College Guide 55

MINOR QUERIES WITH ANSWERS: Done Pedigree Scotch Newspapers, &c. Dictum de Kenilworth Dr. Harwood 57

REPLIES: Names of Places, by J. J. A. Worsaae 58 Cleaning old Oak, by Henry Herbert Hele, &c. 58 Burial in an Erect Posture, by Cuthbert Bede, B.A. 59 Lawyers' Bags 59


REPLIES TO MINOR QUERIES: The Ring Finger The Order of St. John of Jerusalem Calvin's Correspondence Old Booty's Case Chatterton House marks, &c. Bibliography Parochial Libraries Faithful Teate Lack a daisy Bacon Angel beast: Cleek: Longtriloo Hans Krauwinckel Revolving Toy Rub a dub Muffs worn by Gentlemen Detached Church Towers Christian Names Hogarth's Pictures Old Fogie Clem Kissing Hands Uniform of the Foot Guards Book Inscriptions Humbug Sir Isaac Newton and Voltaire on Railway Travelling Engine à verge "Populus vult decipi," &c. Sir John Vanbrugh Erroneous Forms of Speech Devonianisms 61

MISCELLANEOUS: Books and Odd Volumes wanted 65 Notices to Correspondents 66 Advertisements 66



Lexicographers from time to time have handed down to us, and proposed for our choice, two derivations of our English word Island ; and, that one of these two is correct, has, I believe, never yet been called in question. The first which they offer, and that most usually accepted as the true one, is the A. S. Ealand , Ealond , Igland ; Belg. Eylandt : the first syllable of which, they inform us, is ea , Low Germ. aue , water, i.e. water land, or land surrounded by water. If this etymon be deemed unsatisfactory, they offer the following: from the Fr. isle , It. isola , Lat. insula , the word island , they say, is easily deflected.

At the risk of being thought presumptuous, I do not hesitate to say, that both these alternatives are manifestly erroneous; and, for the following reason, I propose a third source, which seems to carry conviction with it: first, from analogy; and secondly, from the usage of the language from which our English word is undoubtedly derived, the Anglo Saxon... Continue reading book >>

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