Chapter 33 – The Plumstead Foxes

June 14th, 2011 § 0 comments

Stogpingum = Stoke Pinguium

The word “Pinguium” in the original name of this parish is a form of the Latin word pinguis, meaning “fat” or “fertile.”  The narrator comments that its current name, “Stogpingum,” is the result of “barbarous Saxon tongues [having] clipped it of its proper proportions.”  This phrase satirizes those who prefer the aesthetics of Latin to other languages.  [EB 2006]

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