[ilds] [RG 2003 Justine 2]

James Gifford gifford at ualberta.ca
Fri Apr 6 13:25:29 PDT 2007


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Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 10:33:09 +0200
From: A.J.French & Christine B. <ajf-cb at t-online.de>
To: Anna Lillios <lillios at pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
Subject: Re: [ILDS] ILDS:  Discussion Group--AQ

re: purse
purse comes from the greek "búrsa", which meant 'skin' or 'leather'
and was used for 'wineskin' and 'bag'. This lead to the Latin "bursa"
which is actually the origin of the Gaelic word "sporan" (which is
what the Scots wear in front of their kilts) -- source: Ayto, J.,
"Dictionary of Word Origins", Bloomsbury
For it to be used to mean scrotum (which is a pouch or sac) makes
logical sense.
LD uses it when he sees the girl Justine diving for tangerines on the
island (in _CLEA_: "the glimmer of the little white purse between her
legs") which I think is a delightful, precise and poetic description.

Not sure if this helps, but Ludwig comes from Old high German "hlut"
= loud or well-known and "wig" = fight

AJ FRENCH


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