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#69876 - 05/14/02 09:57 AM to the hounds!
From the same on-line dictionary source from which Helen took her recent definition of "barmecide" -- and a fun one it is;¹ thank you, helen -- come the following challenge:
Yethhounds n.: A pack of phantom hounds pursuing a lady. From old English folklore. Yeth comes from heath. Also called wishhounds. Wisely is it said that the English have a word for everything. How this particular one first came into existence is a mystery to the author, even allowing for the penchat of the English for specialist hunting dogs. There appears to be no equivalent term for a pack of phantom hounds pursuing a gentleman.
Can our fine minds find the missing term?
¹ Note: that particular dictionary-source is great fun, but should be taken with a grain of salt, for it is not scrupulously accurate.
See e.g. the recent post on xanthodontous; so too, that source's definition for barmecide is well beyond that of the more-recognized dictionaries.
Edit: "yethhounds" ... I'd bet there are very few words with a double-h.
#69877 - 05/15/02 06:16 PM Re: to the hounds!
Dear AR: The best I could do was find a site about a Welch myth:"The Hounds of Hell". Don't chase men.
#69878 - 05/15/02 07:48 PM Re: to the hounds!
Of courths the anthser iths Nohound. Work that out fer yerthelveths. Yin and Yang, Venuths and Marths and all that kinda thing.
#69879 - 05/17/02 02:43 AM Re: to the hounds! - thpot on!
Loc: perth, western australia
Yeth Gallant T - thertainly theems a thenthible anther to me.
#69880 - 05/18/02 09:51 AM Re: to the hounds!
Loc: manchester uk
Hopefully you mean Welsh, as in, from Wales and not welch which round my way means to default on a promise.
#69881 - 05/24/02 12:34 AM Re: to the hounds!
From Jane Austen's Emma:
enjoying the youthful simplicity which could speak with so much
exultation of Mrs. Martin's having "two parlours, two very good parlours,
indeed; one of them quite as large as Mrs. Goddard's drawing-room;
and of her having an upper maid who had lived five-and-twenty years
with her; and of their having eight cows, two of them Alderneys,
and one a little Welch cow, a very pretty little Welch cow indeed;
So, at least in Jane's day, Welch was a legitimate spelling for the word meaning from Wales.
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