Old English pottere

Hough, C. (2001) Old English pottere. Neophilologus, 85(4), pp. 621-624. (doi:10.1023/A:1011820028461)

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Abstract

Old English pottere, recorded as a nonce occurrence in a tenth-century charter bound, is generally associated with OE pot(t) 'a pot' and taken to represent the etymon of ModE potter. The interpretation is, however, open to question. An association with OE potian 'to push, thrust, strike, butt' is at least equally plausible on both formal and contextual grounds, while onomastic evidence indicates that the occupational term is more likely to have entered Middle English from Old French.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Neophilologus
ISSN:0028-2677
ISSN (Online):1572-8668
Published Online:28 October 2004

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