The Vocabularist: Of lords, ladies and loaves

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Amid talk of the House of Lords’ new-found power following the tax credits vote, perhaps it is a good time to look at the origins of those time-honoured words, lord and lady.

The terms are thoroughly British – though they come from Old English, they have no equivalents in other Germanic languages.

An early use of both comes, like many other examples of the earliest written English, in a translation written between the lines of a Biblical manuscript in Latin.

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