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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1011820028461
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.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Hough, Professor Carole|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PE English|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics|
|Published Online:||28 October 2004|