One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The language of southern Germany up to c.1200, from which modern standard German is derived.See German
- ‘He was known as Wodewose to the Anglo-Saxons, Schrat in Old High German literature, Salvan to the Lombards, Orken to the Romanians.’
- ‘According to Ayto the name is derived from an Old High German word, stollo, meaning a support or post.’
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