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to the hounds! #69876
05/14/02 01:57 PM 05/14/02 01:57 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 200 AphonicRants OP
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.
Re: to the hounds! #69877
05/15/02 10:16 PM 05/15/02 10:16 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
Dear AR: The best I could do was find a site about a Welch myth:"The Hounds of Hell". Don't chase men.
Re: to the hounds! #69878
05/15/02 11:48 PM 05/15/02 11:48 PM
Joined: Nov 2001
Of courths the anthser iths Nohound. Work that out fer yerthelveths. Yin and Yang, Venuths and Marths and all that kinda thing.
Re: to the hounds! - thpot on! #69879
05/17/02 06:43 AM 05/17/02 06:43 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
perth, western australia zootsuit
perth, western australia
Yeth Gallant T - thertainly theems a thenthible anther to me.
Re: to the hounds! #69880
05/18/02 01:51 PM 05/18/02 01:51 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
manchester uk dodyskin
Hopefully you mean Welsh, as in, from Wales and not welch which round my way means to default on a promise.
Re: to the hounds! #69881
05/24/02 04:34 AM 05/24/02 04:34 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
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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