Old English pottere

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

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Old English <i>pottere</i>, recorded as a nonce occurrence in a tenth-century charter bound, is generally associated with OE <i>pot(t)</i> 'a pot' and taken to represent the etymon of ModE <i>potter</i>. The interpretation is, however, open to question. An association with OE <i>potian</i> '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
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Neophilologus
ISSN (Online):1572-8668
Published Online:28 October 2004

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