The Vocabularist: Of lords, ladies and loaves


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.

Find out more here!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s