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Re^2: Update: Teaching Perl in the Humanities

by cyocum (Curate)
on Feb 26, 2005 at 15:43 UTC ( #434785=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I actually did not encounter the word until I came to Edinburgh. The word Onomastics comes from the Latin word Onomasticus (ie. Onomasticon Goidelticum, is the place name book for Ireland) and before that Greek based on the ending (Greek neuters end in -on) so I assumed that the word ment placename in particular not just name (cf. Latin "nomen"; see also here). My friend actually does river names in particular but he says that he does onomastics.

In any case, you could be completely correct since I am basing my analysis solely on usage.

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by herveus (Parson) on Feb 28, 2005 at 13:11 UTC

    OK. That makes sense. Onomastics is, formally, the study of proper nouns, of which placenames is a useful subset. Personal names and bynames form another interesting subset or three. River names would be a suitable topic for onomastic study.


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