Friday, July 29, 2005



I figured out the derivation of the enigmatic Deogolwulf's name, but even with the Anglo-Saxon Dictionary of Bosworth and Toller as a crutch, I'm at a loss about the etymology of fewtril, a word Deogolwulf uses often (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) in his fine blog The Joy of Curmudgeonry. It seems to mean aphorism. Here is Fewtril #4:
Many a man is so impressed with the idea that the next despots will be wearing jackboots, that he will fail to hear the gentle flap of sandals.
Is fewtril an eponym? Most of the Google hits are for examples of Fewtril as a surname. If so, which Fewtril gave rise to the word fewtril?

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