in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 33 – The Plumstead Foxes

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]